Shades Mountain Filter Plant
The Shades Mountain Filter Plant is a major facility for the Birmingham Water Works located 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.
- Witham, Trude (October 2015) "Shades Mountain Water Treatment Plant Tackles Turbidity, Disinfection" Treatment Plant Operator
- Bolling, Jessa Reid (May 31, 2019) "Two men indicted for fake invoice scheme against Birmingham Water Works Board." Alabama Political Reporter
- Swain, Sharron (August 18, 2021) "Do you know where your water comes from? We went behind the scenes to find out" BhamNow
- Clark, Cara (November 1, 2022) "Birmingham Water Works upgrading Shades Valley filtration plant." Birmingham Business Journal