Community Blog

Aug 21

[ARCHIVED] Water Main Replacement Program

The original item was published from August 21, 2018 3:54 PM to August 23, 2018 12:05 AM

The City has an ongoing program to replace the PVC water mains within the water distribution system.  These mains are among the oldest in the system and are most prone to leaks and breaks.  Water main leaks and breaks increase the amount of unaccounted for water in the system and also can result in service interruptions to customers.  PVC mains are replaced with ductile iron which is a significantly stronger pipe material. 

The water distribution system includes 94 miles of water mains.  Approximately 20 miles of these mains are PVC with the remainder being predominantly ductile iron.  There are 10 water storage tanks in the system with a total storage capacity of 7.8 million gallons and 3 water booster pumping stations. 

The City of Pelham’s source water consists of five drinking water wells with a combined pumping capacity of 6,600 gallons per minute (9.5 million gallons per day) as well as three purchase connections from the Shelby County Water system that can provide in excess of 2 million gallons of water per day. 

The City currently serves approximately 11,700 residential customers and 2,259 commercial customers.  Residential water demands average 5,400 gallons per month per customer and commercial water demands average 21,000 gallons per month per customer.  From all sources, the City delivers just over 1.5 billion gallons of water annually with a peak day demand of approximately 6.2 million gallons per day. 

Our goal is and always has been, to provide to you a safe and dependable supply of drinking water. We are pleased to report that our drinking water is safe and meets federal and state requirements. The Annual Drinking Water Quality Report is located online at


Tag(s): water leaks, water, sewer