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Wastewater Division Director City of Eugene, Oregon

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 main treatment plant (above and above left) and biocycle lagoon (above right)

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).

From top left: dewatering facility, hose reels in the poplar groves, and aerial view of the Biocycle Farm.

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.

The main treatment plant and staff provide educational opportunities for thousands of children each year. In 2018, staff held the first-ever Wastewater University at the treatment plant. The wastewater division also participates in Eugene’s annual Public Works Day with a booth for younger children about what does (and doesn’t) go down the toilet.

More about Eugene

A great city for the arts and outdoors

Outdoor recreation, festivals and one of the country's oldest outdoor farmer's markets provide many opportunities to explore the area's natural and agricultural resources.

The Eugene-Springfield metropolitan area is situated in the southern Willamette Valley along the Willamette and McKenzie rivers. As the second largest city in Oregon, Eugene has an excellent mix of recreation, education, scenic beauty and passion for arts and culture. Located in the heart of wine country and within one hour's drive from the Pacific Ocean and Cascade Mountains, Eugene is a magnet for outdoor recreation enthusiasts.

Residents don't need to leave the city to find beautiful areas to walk, bike or relax. Eugene's park system is 4,698 total acres , including 3,801 acres of natural areas , 67 developed parks, 52 playgrounds and 47 miles of trails. All in a city with just over 170,000 people. No crowds!

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.

Interested? Apply on line at eugene-or.gov/jobs. The posting will remain open until filled, with a first review of applicants on March 13, 2019.

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