Tackling Water System Upgrades

Birmingham Water Works takes a methodical approach to correcting the flaws in its sprawling system.

Tackling Water System Upgrades

Birmingham Water Works maintenance crew member Willie Byner guides a trackhoe operator during excavation of a water line for replacement. (Photography by Meg McKinney)

The water system in Birmingham, Alabama, includes more than 4,000 miles of water main, some of which dates back nearly a century. Keeping water moving efficiently and rates low is an ever-present challenge.

Birmingham Water Works is addressing the issue by replacing one aging pipe...

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