New Reservoir for North Birmingham.
North Birmingham, Ala., proposes to build a new reservoir. The pipe-line is to cross the first fork of the river, and the dam, which will be 100 ft. high, would be built at the junction of the Mulberry and Sipsey forks of the river. The land upon which this dam would back water could be purchased at a low price, as it is practically unsettled and is of no high agricultural value. A dam of that height would back water over an area of over 40 sq. miles—more than the area of Greater Birmingham. The junction of the rivers is at the old Indian town of Warror, about two miles west of Empire mines. It is seven miles from the site of the proposed dam and 21 miles from the reservoir to Birmingham. Contemplated plans call for the use of a 48-in. pipe-line into Birmingham. In addition it is said that a dam 100 ft. high could easily furnish 20.000 kilowatts of electricity. This power could be used for lighting, etc. The proposed reservoir would be 950 ft. above sea-level; 450 ft. above the level of the dam; and 250 ft. above the average level of Greater Birmingham. Congress has been asked for permission to obstruct the waters of the stream with a dam.