The Mission of the Water Works Lakes Division is to provide the City of Tuscaloosa with a reliable source and supply of raw water and to maintain the City's three reservoirs.
The primary function of this division is maintaining the three lakes as a safe recreational area and as a source of raw water for treatment. This division also handles the issuance and inspection of several permits: dredging, tree removal, building and removal of any structures on City of Tuscaloosa property that is adjacent to Lake Tuscaloosa, Lake Nicol or Harris Lake. Other daily tasks involve maintaining the grass and vegetation around the lakes, removing and disposing of debris (logs, trash, dead animals) from the lakes, and placing regulatory buoys and safety signs around the water. They also maintain the water intake structures and tunnels, assist with accidents on the lake, and respond to spills on or near the water.
The City of Tuscaloosa is fortunate to have three excellent sources of raw water. It is our division goal to ensure that the City Of Tuscaloosa will always have a good source and supply of raw water.
Construction completed in 1970.
Spillway Elevation of 223.2 feet.
5885 acres in size and holding approximately 40 billion gallons of water with 177 miles of shoreline.
Could safely provide up to 200 MGD of water.
Construction completed in 1956.
Spillway elevation of 285.2 feet.
384 acres in size holding aprroximately 3.3 billion gallons of water.
Serves as backup for Lake Tuscaloosa.
Construction completed in 1929.
Spillway elevation of 205 feet.
220 acres in size holding approximately 1 billion gallons of water.
Consists of two arch dams that were first true arch type dams constructed in Alabama.