In an ever-changing world of the water industry, infrastructural and system-wide upgrades are an integral part of maintaining one of the top five water systems in the country. The Birmingham Water Works Board (BWWB) is the largest water utility in the state serving more than 600,000 people in Jefferson, Shelby, Blount, St. Clair and Walker Counties. In order to fulfill its commitment to providing the highest-quality water at the lowest possible price, the BWWB must implement various capital improvement projects across its system. That is why the BWWB has initiated a vital and comprehensive Capital Improvement Project Program.

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Capital Improvement Project Drivers:

The BWWB implements capital improvement projects based on the following five primary drivers:

Regulatory Compliance – complying with current and pending state and federal government regulations on water quality

Risk Management – increasing the safety of BWWB facilities for employees, the surrounding community and the environment

Growth/Capacity – supporting the continued growth throughout the BWWB’s service area and demand within its existing service area

Performance/Cost Efficiency – maintaining/improving current practices of utility operation

Infrastructure Maintenance and Repair – maintaining infrastructure and equipment such as facilities, water meters, fire hydrants, water mains and tanks, thus ensuring the integrity of the water system


Government Regulations:

One of the primary drivers for the BWWB’s Capital Program is regulatory compliance. The BWWB, as well as other water systems across the country, must meet state and federal government regulations on water quality. These regulations include all Safe Drinking Water Act Regulations and the Alabama Department of Environmental Management Administrative Code for water supplies. Since 1975, the number of contaminants regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency has increased from 18 to 111.