The City of Eugene's Wastewater Division provides wastewater services to approximately 250,000 residents across more than 60 square miles of service area in Eugene and Springfield, Oregon and is a partner in the Metropolitan Wastewater Management Consortium (MWMC). As a division of Public Works, Wastewater shares the department's dedication to the vision:
Making lives better through the services we provide each day
The regional treatment facilities process approximately 5,000 dry tons of Class B biosolids annually. Biosolids treatment includes anaerobic digestion, facultative lagoons, belt press dewatering, and air drying. Biosolids are beneficially reused with annual land application to local grass seed farms and poplar trees on MWMC’s Biocycle Farm (above right and below).
Pretreatment programs for the service area are managed separately by Eugene and Springfield for their respective municipalities. The Eugene pretreatment program includes permitting and enforcement of 21 discharging industrial users and 17 mobile waste haulers. The Wastewater Division also supports Eugene’s municipal stormwater program by providing sampling, laboratory analysis, data analysis, and industrial inspections. The industrial inspection program is conducted in accordance with a memorandum of agreement with Oregon’s Department of Environmental Quality.
The Wastewater Division values the safety, welfare, and health of employees and visitors. Our commitment to safety includes an emphasis on providing a safe work environment, following safe work practices, actively promoting employee involvement, and going above and beyond legal requirements. The Wastewater Division has been certified as a Safety Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) employer by the Oregon OSHA.
The Eugene/Springfield Water Pollution Control Facility was most recently recognized by the National Association of Clean Water Agencies with a Platinum 11 Peak Performance Award for 11 consecutive years of permit compliance with wastewater effluent limits. The Facility was also the recipient of the Governor’s Oregon Leaders Award for Industrial Energy Efficiency.
The staff at wastewater take great pride in learning and supporting each other in their work. We asked three current employees to tell us about their experiences, motivation and their expectations for our next director.
More about Eugene
A great city for the arts and outdoors
Eugene is a friendly, progressive community with residents who are active and adamant about maintaining a high quality of life. The University of Oregon brings a cosmopolitan feel to the community, and the collegiate teams have contributed excitement and pride on a national basis.
Many residents are health and fitness oriented, and Eugene will host the IAAF World Track and Field Championships in 2021.
Living in the City of Eugene offers all of this, along with the advantages of higher education, a strong public school system, a mild climate and a short commute to work.