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
93% of the public water systems in Lane County use groundwater as their source.