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SouthWest Water Company Recognizes Engineering Students

Four Outstanding High School Graduates from North Shelby County Earn Scholarships

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SafeHouse of Shelby County Announces SouthWest Water Company Contribution to Construct Modern Playground and Fitness Area for Residents

SafeHouse of Shelby County, a domestic violence shelter located in Columbiana, announced today a significant contribution from SouthWest Water Company, which will be used to construct a modern playground and outdoor exercise area for residents. Currently, the facility’s playground area is basically a grass lot with a playhouse, one swing set no longer usable and […]

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Why We Take Care of the River

A new ad in the Shelby County Reporter explains exactly why SouthWest Water Company takes care of the Cahaba River: so the river can take care of you. To help protect natural resources, scenic beauty, and biological diversity in the Cahaba River, SouthWest Water Company has invested over $10 million in our local utilities. This allows […]

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Cub Scouts Learn About the Environment at SWWC

Members of the Cub Scouts of America, Pack 71 visited SouthWest Water Company’s North Shelby Treatment Plant recently to learn more about protecting the environment through quality wastewater treatment. General Manager Craig Sorensen explained the purpose of the treatment facility and the processes required to treat wastewater to standards set down by the Environmental Protection […]

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Important Announcement Concerning 2013 Rates

As previously communicated, both on this website and in mailings, SouthWest Water Company has recently completed a major plant upgrade that will enable us to meet new phosphorus regulations mandated by the Alabama Department of Environmental Management and the US Environmental Protection Agency. As a result of this project, our monthly fees for wastewater service […]

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New Treatment Plant Upgrade Will Reduce Phosphorus by 95%

A recently completed upgrade to the North Shelby Wastewater Treatment Plant operated by SouthWest Water Company will reduce the level of phosphorus in treated water discharged to the Cahaba River from the facility by over 95%, company officials said. The upgrade, which was required to meet new environmental regulations from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency […]

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Jefferson County Sewer Rates Likely to Rise With Phosphorus Upgrades

As new environmental regulations from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Alabama Department of Environmental Management come into effect, two treatment plants operated by Jefferson County will require $150 million in capital upgrades and higher operational costs, according to Lance LeFleur, ADEM’s Director. Similar to the upgrades SouthWest Water has had to fund, the […]

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Rocksnail Discovered in Cahaba River

A rocksnail once thought to be extinct has been found living in the Cahaba River, scientists announced this week. Writing in the journal PLOS ONE, 26-year-old biologist Nathan Whelan, of the University of Alabama, reported finding the snail on a kayaking trip. He compared it to a specimen collected in 1881 and housed at the […]

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SouthWest Water Company Adopts Cahaba River

In Partnership with the Adopt-A-Stream Program– SouthWest Water Company employees donned bug repellent and safety vests this weekend to clean up a stretch of the Cahaba River near US Hwy 280 on the border of Jefferson and Shelby Counties. Led by General Manager Craig Sorensen, a group of employees cleared both banks of the Cahaba […]

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