In Alabama, we currently operate wastewater treatment systems in North Shelby Utility, Riverview Utility, Morris Utility, Brookwood Utility, Shelby Ridge Utility Systems, and Weatherly Utility. State-wide, we service our customers by properly treating wastewater to return to the environment safely.
At the AWPCA’s annual ceremony, the Shelby Ridge facility was awarded the “Best Operated Wastewater Plant” for 2020. In addition to the big win, the Riverview facility took second place with the “Award of Excellence” followed by the North Shelby and Liberty facilities receiving a “Certificate of Recognition.”
The AWEA also hosted its yearly awards, and for the 2021 recognition, our North Shelby facility received first place in the “Excellence Award” within Category II, 1-to<5 MGD.
North Shelby Wastewater Treatment Plant
When the EPA and the Alabama Department of Environmental Management required dramatically lower levels of phosphorous in the effluent of this central Alabama wastewater treatment plant (WWTP), it was thought simply not possible for the legacy system at the plant to reduce phosphorous discharge by 95%.
However, SouthWest Water Company engineered and built modifications that reduced the average phosphorous level to just 0.2 parts per million at a reasonable cost, thereby protecting the precious resource that is the Cahaba River.
SouthWest Water personnel have adopted a portion of The Cahaba River under Alabama’s Adopt-A-Stream Program.
The Double Oak Water Reclamation (Double Oak) system was a privately owned, non-regulated utility that provided wastewater collection and treatment to a suburban area south of Birmingham, AL. Double Oak serviced 5,700 effective dwelling units for residential and commercial connections and was co-owned by two local businessmen who were also active real estate developers in the area. SouthWest Water Company was the long-time contract operator of the utility.
The owners of Double Oak took pride in the utility they had built from scratch almost two decades ago and wanted to sell to a company they could trust to continue the high level of customer service they had established. SouthWest Water Company was the natural fit. However, one owner wanted to divest 100% while the other wished to remain active in the utility. SouthWest Water Company developed a creative transaction structure mutually beneficial to all parties, and the utility was transitioned into Shelby Ridge Utility Systems. The new customers continue receiving the same excellent customer service that they did from Double Oak.