Water works like magic in the Magic City. The Birmingham Water Works Board distributes water in and around the city of Birmingham, Alabama. The company serves more than 600,000 customers in a five-county area. It draws water from surface sources in the Black Warrior and Cahaba river basins and maintains a system of some 3,900 miles of transmission lines. Birmingham Water Works also runs two sewage treatment facilities, but most of the wastewater service in the company's territory is provided by other companies. Founded in 1951, Birmingham Water Works is an independent agency run by a board appointed by the Birmingham city government.
Birmingham Water Works traces its earliest roots to 1873, when, just two years after the founding of Birmingham, local entrepreneurs developed a reliable water source.
In the face of recent droughts and regional growth, the agency continues to look for additional water sources, either by damming local rivers or drilling for groundwater, that will yield an extra 25-50 million gallons a day. – less