Shades Mountain Filter Plant

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View of the Shades Mountain Filter Plant with equipment on trucks

The Shades Mountain Filter Plant is a major facility for the Birmingham Water Works located at 2990 Shades Crest Road (originally addressed at 3516 Cahaba Road). It was built in 1890 as a reservoir for water coming from the Cahaba Pumping Station. Water from the plant is drawn into Homewood by the Rosedale Pump House and then falls by gravity through a long tunnel into Birmingham.

In 2019 the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Alabama secured grand jury indictments for two executives of Mobile-based Global Systems International accused of submitting fraudulent invoices for over $250,000 worth of work supposedly performed at the plant as a subcontractor to Arcadis.

In 2018, B. L. Harbert International began a $49.9 million construction project that included a new state-of-the art filter building along with yard-piping tie-ins and upgrades, pump station upgrades, and electrical and instrumentation. The new filter building was completed in 2021 and was designed to process 80 million gallons of water per day. By August 2022 the expected budget had grown to $51.3 million. Delays in completing the overall project have led to an exchange of lawsuits.


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