Birmingham Water Works issues boil water notice

The Birmingham Water Works distribution system has experienced a 16-inch water main break along US Hwy-78 in Forestdale. The damaged water main is currently under repair with completion expected around 11:00 pm on January 2, 2013. The damage has resulted in the loss of water pressure to several areas of the western part of the water system.

Therefore, as a precaution and regulatory requirement, the Birmingham Water Works must issue a boil water notice to the affected areas until further notice:

Cities and Towns

  • Adamsville
  • Graysville
  • West Jefferson


  • Crumly Chapel
  • Forestdale
  • Forestview Estates
  • Hazelwood
  • Hillview
  • Huntington Hills
  • Pratt City communities off of Pratt Highway
  • Republic
  • Sandusky
  • Union Grove
  • Westwood


Streets (including streets adjacent to)

  • Blackmon Circle
  • Cedarcrest Drive
  • Cherry Avenue, west of Brandy Lane
  • Heflin Avenue
  • Tomahawk Drive
  • Tower Drive
  • Trailridge Drive
  • US Hwy-78 west of Chickasaw Drive

{}We advise customers in the areas identified above to boil water for 10 minutes and let it cool before consumption. Failure to do so could result in consumption of potentially contaminated water that could contain total coliform bacteria which may cause diarrhea, cramps and nausea, as well as headaches and fatigue. The water is considered safe for purposes other than drinking.

The Birmingham Water Works is taking the following corrective actions:

  • We are chlorinating and flushing the water system in the affected areas. The increase in chlorine may result in slight taste and odor changes that are not harmful.
  • We are sampling for coliform bacteria to verify water quality.
  • We are repairing damaged pipes as soon as possible.

The only areas that are affected by this boil water notice are the areas west of downtown Birmingham along US Hwy-78 west of Chickasaw Drive. Other parts of the Birmingham Water Works system are not affected by this notice.