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 the expansion of the Cleveland Community College and other civic facilities east of Shelby. Unfortunately, the extension of the water system was completed without a comprehensive master plan or consideration of future growth. As a result, new development outpaced growth in the water system, and the City is now faced with undertaking a significant infrastructure project in order to meet demand.
For many years Willis Engineers assisted the City of Shelby with water and wastewater projects, so the City asked Willis Engineers to evaluate 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 and the installation of a portion of large diameter water lines with connections to 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 the extension of a major 24-inch transmission line from the City’s core infrastructure to the elevated tank.