Pelham Waste Water Treatment Plant

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The Pelham Waste Water Treatment Plant is a municipal water treatment plant operated by the City of Pelham off of Old Tuscaloosa Road south of the Pelham Industrial Park and "Pelham Keys", a flooded former limestone quarry.

Approximately 70% of the city is served by the municipal sanitary sewer system. The facility has a capacity of 4 million gallons per day and currently operates at slightly over 50% capacity. The plant uses the "Oxidation Ditch" process, utilizing ultraviolet light.

It releases treated water into Buck Creek just below the outlet of Peavine Creek and above Cahaba Valley Creek.

In July 2015 lightning caused a pump to fail at a lift station, allowing 3,000 to 4,000 gallons of untreated wastewater to overflow a manhole near Stuart Lane and into Buck Creek.


  • Reed, Martin J. (July 24, 2015) "Upwards of 4,000 gallons of sewage spill from Pelham into Buck Creek." The Birmingham News

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