Environmental Services

The city of Alabaster's Environmental Services is divided into two operational units, Environmental Collections and the Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Staffing


Environmental Services is staffed by highly qualified personnel. Personnel are required to take state exams for each grade level.

Re-certification takes place every three years. It consists of submitting an application to the state of Alabama and proof of at least 24 hours of continuing education.

Emergency & After Hours Contact


For emergencies or problems after hours, the Police Department should be contacted at 205-663-7401. An example of a problem where Environmental Collections should be contacted would be when a red light appears at a pump station or the main line is stopped up.
  1. Environmental Collections
  2. Wastewater Treatment

Environmental Collections Duties


Environmental Collections personnel performs cleaning of the main sewer lines, and maintenance of pumps and pump stations, and taking video images of the main sewer which are used to ensure proper installations of lines in new subdivisions as well as a video record of sewer laterals.

Sewer Lines


Collections personnel are responsible for a network of sewer lines consisting of main and secondary lines and pump stations. Alabaster has approximately 100 miles of main line and 100-200 miles of secondary lines where most are spread out through subdivisions. The customer's lines are connected from house or business lines to these secondary lines.

Pump Stations


Pump stations are used due to the topography of the land in and around Alabaster. Pump stations pump the wastewater to the treatment plant when gravity cannot naturally accomplish the flow; the city of Alabaster has a gravity sewer line which flows from Shelby County Airport to the treatment plant.

There are presently 48 pump stations, which consist of two pumps per station. Wastewater flows through a pump at 100-350 gallons per minute with elevation changes ranging from 10 to 197 feet.

As new subdivisions are developed and current subdivisions continue to grow, new pump stations will be constructed and/or upgraded.