Water and Wastewater Division History

The water and sewer departments were established during the early to mid 1930’s. The original downtown water and sewer mains were installed during President Roosevelt’s WPA program. Most of the water and sewer lines were put in by hand with a pick and shovel.

The water source for the town then, as it still is today, were the springs located near city hall. These open springs attracted many site seers to our area. Springville’s water is produced from the Knox aquifer. The original water pumping station consisted of an 8’ x 8’ building that housed two 200 gallon per minute pumps. The pump station was located very near to the spring. An underground concrete room allowed water from the spring to flow inside where it was chlorinated and then pumped to a single 100,000 gallon water tank located in the woods behind the rock school. The overflow elevation of this tank was 863’.

In 1963 a new 100,000 gallon water tank was constructed near the Springville Cemetery. This tank had an overflow elevation of 941’. New water mains were also installed from this tank down Robinson Street to U.S. Highway 11, then south along Highway 11 to Industrial Drive. These water mains provided fire flows to the National Cabinet industry.

On October 18, 1972, President Richard Nixon signed into law the Clean Drinking Water Act. This law ultimately led to Springville’s open water supply having to be covered. Construction to do that project began in 1972. This project not only consisted of the covering of the spring, but also included the construction of a 37,000 gallon clear well tank located at the spring, a new site from which water would be withdrawn from the spring, a new pumping station, and a new 400,000 gallon water tank located adjacent to the 100,000 gallon tank at the cemetery. This project included the installation many new water mains in the city. An additional project that was underway at that time was the installation of a water line that extended from the cemetery tanks to Highway 11, then north for approximately 20 miles to Double Bridge Road. This water main provided water to the newly established Northwest Water Authority system. Springville’s water system provided water to the Northwest system for over 25 years.

Today, Springville’s water system includes approximately 30 miles of water lines, a main water pumping station, which is still located at the spring, two booster pumping stations, and five water storage tanks with a total capacity of 1.4 million gallons that serves over 2100 customers. Springville’s system is also tied into the Trussville water system on Highway 11 south, and to the Odenville water system on the east side of the city near Interstate 59.

Springville’s wastewater facility is located on Highway 174 across Interstate 59. The plant is an aerated lagoon type system consisting of three 4.4 million gallon cells, a contact chamber, and a cascade. The system serves over 850 customers.