For many years the City of Shelby has struggled to maintain adequate fire flow and water pressure in the eastern part of the City. This area grew with expansion of the Cleveland Community College and other civic facilities east of Shelby. Unfortunately, extension of the water system was done without a comprehensive master plan or consideration of future growth. As a result, new development has outpaced growth in the water system and the City is now faced with undertaking a significant infrastructure project in order to meet demand.
Willis Engineers has assisted the City of Shelby for many years with water and wastewater projects and they turned to us to help evaluate the situation and develop a comprehensive plan for water system improvements. The first phase of the work included a new elevated storage tank near the Cleveland County Fairgrounds. The project also included installation of a portion of large diameter water line with connections to the existing piping and provisions for future extensions when the second phase of the project is completed. The tank immediately improved fire protection in the area of Cleveland Community College, the fairgrounds and other civic buildings. Subsequent phases of the project will include extension of a major 24-inch transmission line from the City’s core infrastructure out to the elevated tank.