Leeds Water Works expands capacity to prepare for Leeds’ growth

Accepting an award in 2018 was Kathy Horne, Bill Morris, Michael Hall, Cary Kennedy, Crickett Ford and Tony Moore.

The Leeds Water Works has grown significantly in the last 20 years, with double the new hookups to their service.

In the last few months, the Water Works completed a new tank, their sixth, as they prepare for Leeds’ expected growth that includes Buc-ee’s, a neighborhood of several hundred homes off Rex Lake Road and more development next to the Outlet Shops of Grand River.

The new water tank adds 500,000 gallons of storage capacity to their total of 4.7 million gallons. The Leeds utility has 80 miles of water mains that reach their 7,500 customers that are residential and commercial.

General Manager Bill Morris, who heads up a team of 15, said they are expanding to be prepared for new development. “The big thing is to stay ahead.”

Leeds Water Works was established in 1943 as a utility for the Leeds area. They have won many clean water awards, including Best Tasting Water from the Alabama/Mississippi Sectional of the American Water Works Association in 2018. The same year, they won the Alabama Rural Water Association award for best water and won awards in 2008, 2011 and 2014 before that. All total, the Leeds Water Works has been in the top six 16 times.

The Leeds Water Works now offers a way to donate money to Leeds City Schools on their water bills to the Leeds Education Foundation.

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