Mar 10 2008

Shelby Announces $1 Million for Birmingham

U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded $1 million to the Birmingham Water Works Board for an emergency generator that will ensure the city’s water supplies during a power failure.

“The devastating aftermath of Hurricane Katrina renewed the urgency to ensure clean and safe water for communities following power failures,” said Shelby.  “Birmingham’s Putnam Filter Plant is solely dependent upon the Alabama Power Company, therefore making it vulnerable to severe weather or other events that may disrupt the flow of electricity.  This funding will help the city’s Water Works Board purchase an emergency generator, guaranteeing a safe water supply to Birmingham residents.”  

This funding help will cover more than half the cost of an emergency generator for the Birmingham Water Works Board’s Putnam Filter Plant. Without the generator, a power failure could disrupt water supply to roughly 150,000 residential, business, industrial and institutional customers within the Birmingham area.