Quick Facts and Useful Resources/Links

  • Public water systems provide water for human consumption to at least 15 service connections or serve an average of at least 25 people for at least 60 days a year. These range from large city systems to smaller systems such as mobile home parks and campgrounds.
  • There are approximately 155,000 public water systems in the United States. Lane County has 336 public water systems.
  • Community public water systems supply water to the same population year-round. There are 67 community water systems in Lane County, which serve a population of 279,413, or 83% of the population. The 10 largest and their populations served are:
    • Eugene Water and Electric Board (EWEB) - 178,100
    • Springfield Utility Board (SUB) - 57,000
    • City of Cottage Grove - 9,705
    • City of Florence - 8,426
    • Rainbow Water District - 6,300
    • Junction City - 5,385
    • City of Veneta - 4,840
    • City of Creswell - 4,700
    • Heceta Water District - 4,500
    • City of Oakridge - 3,220
The water tower of Junction City
  • 93% of the public water systems in Lane County use groundwater as their source.
  • The Southern Willamette Valley Groundwater Management Area has a current and on-going problem with elevated nitrate in groundwater.
  • Over 75% of the population of Lane County is served by surface water including Springfield, which uses groundwater and surface water.
  • Some of the most recognizable water features in Lane County serve as drinking water sources, including:
    • Dexter Lake
    • McKenzie River
    • Middle Fork and Coast Fork rivers
    • Row River
    • Willamette River