Our History

In 1904 Captain Jack Cranford built the Jasper Water System.  He was president of Jasper Water, Light and Power Company owned by Cranford Mercantile Company. Cranford also started the first bank, located inside his mercantile store. That bank went on to become the First National Bank of Jasper, which is now very appropriately named the First Bank of Jasper.

The water plant was sold to Eugene Files and Judge John B. Weakley of Birmingham in 1917. The power department was sold to Alabama Power Company. The water department has been known as the Jasper Water Company, then Alabama Water Company, and then Alabama Water Service Company.

No. One station (1904 original) was located at 3rd Avenue and Wright Street consisting of a well, pumping equipment and a 60,000-gallon storage tank.

No. Two station was at Lovely Street & 11th Avenue, and was built by Alabama Water Service Company. It consisted of wells, treatment basins, filters and pumps. The reservoir capacity was 300,000 gallons. Cliff Crowe was Superintendent and was supported by four other employees. They had 1,000 customers and one million gallons per day capacity from 4 wells.

The Alabama Water Service Company acquired or built the filtration plant in Cordova in 1930.

In 1942 the Water Works Board of the City of Jasper was formed through a 1939 Waterworks Statute as an Alabama non-profit corporation, and purchased the distribution system from Alabama Water Service Company. A complete list of board members from the time the Board was created to present can be viewed here:  

The original Board was a 3-member board consisting of A. L. Sherer, Paul S. Haley and Lawrence Davis. In 1943 the Water Works Board of the City of Jasper purchased the filter plant in Cordova from Alabama Water Service Company. Then in 1946 the Board hired W.U. Quinby from Leeds, Alabama as Superintendent.

In 1949 the Board started construction of gas system and had 1400 customers. The name was then changed to The Water Works and Gas Board of the City of Jasper in 1952.

 

The City of Jasper sewer system was transferred in 1971 to the Water Works and Gas Board of the City of Jasper, resulting in another name change. We then became The Jasper Utilities Board.  The next year the Board increased to 5 members.

 

Ray McAdams became the new manager in 1975.  Under his leadership a new water filter plant was built on the Mulberry Fork of the Warrior River in 1978.

In 1988 the gas system was sold to Alabama Gas Corporation. A year later the legal name was changed to the Jasper Waterworks and Sewer Board, Inc.

 

Terry Stripling started work with the Board on April 1, 1974 as a Start-up Operator for the new water treatment plant being constructed on Sipsey Road. He served as a Grade 4 Water Treatment Plant Operator until September 1976 at which time he was promoted to Superintendent of Water Treatment and Sewer Operations. Upon the sale of the Board’s gas system in October of 1988, Terry was promoted to General Superintendent. With the Retirement of Ray McAdams, he was appointed General Manager in 1991. Under his leadership, the Board acquired the Sipsey Water System that is operated today as a separate Division.

 
Stripling retired after six years and was followed by Don Welch.  Don was instrumental in the development of the Board’s current service center, located on 8th Avenue downtown.

 

Following Don’s Retirement in 2011 our current Manager, Jason Langley was appointed.

 

Current Facts:

  • 338 miles of water main
  • 18 million gallons treatment capacity
  • 16.2 million gallons total storage capacity
  • 3 billion gallons/year treated and distributed currently
  • 9500 customers served directly
  • Currently serves 26,000 water service accounts through residential/commercial,Wholesale and Industrial 
  • 90%+ of Walker County population receives water from the Jasper Waterworks & Sewer Board, Inc.
  • We have 51 employees.

Board Members At Work

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Past Board Members

 This board was created in 1942. Here is a list of every member appointed since the Board was created.

JASPER WATERWORKS AND SEWER BOARD MEMBERS - FROM 1942
           
  DISTRICT 1 DISTRICT 2 DISTRICT 3 DISTRICT 4 DISTRICT 5
DATES NAME NAME NAME NAME NAME
           
1942-1944 A. L. Sherer Lawrence Davis   Paul Haley  
  Charter Member Charter Member   Charter Member  
  11-30-42 to 02-01-45 11-30-42 to 10-08-64   11-30-42 to 10-26-60  
1944-1946 Charlie Cole        
  02-01-45 to 10-01-50        
1946-1948   Lawrence Davis      
    10-01-46 to 10-01-52      
1948-1950       Paul Haley  
        10-01-48 to 10-01-54  
1950-1952 Charlie Cole        
  10-01-50 to 05-17-56        
1952-1954   Lawrence Davis      
    10-01-52 to 10-01-58      
1954-1956       Paul Haley  
        10-01-54 to 10-01-60  
1956-1958 Dr. D. M. Christopher        
  05-17-56 to 12-18-60        
1958-1960   Lawrence Davis      
    10-01-58 to 10-08-64      
1960-1962 Dewalt Russell     Sam Murphy  
  12-28-60 to 10-01-62     10-26-60 to 04-17-73  
1962-1964 Dewalt Russell        
  10-01-62 to 10-01-68        
1964-1966   R. A. Cain, Jr.      
    10-08-64 to 10-01-68      
1966-1968       Sam Murphy  
        10-01-66 to 10-01-72  
1968-1970 Dewalt Russell R. A. Cain, Jr.      
  10-01-68 to 12-18-70 10-01-68 to 10-01-74      
1970-1972 John Bankhead        
  12-18-70 to10-01-74   (Begin 5 member Board)   (Begin 5 member Board)
1972-1974     James Woods Sam Murphy Lacy Kirkpatrick
      11-21-72 to 07-17-73 10-01-72 to 04-17-73 11-01-72 to 10-01-76
      Ray McAdams James Short  
      07-17-73 to 02-01-74 04-17-73 to 10-01-78  
1974-1976 John Bankhead R. A. Cain, Jr. R. C. Cain    
  10-01-74 to 10-01-80 10-01-74 to 10-01-80 05-22-74 to 10-01-78    
1976 -1978         Maurice Sherer
          10-01-76 to 10-01-82
1978-1980     Ray Cobb Bill Cunningham  
      10-01-78 to 10-01-84 10-01-78 to 10-01-84  
1980-1982 Dr. James May P. L. Woods      
  10-01-80 to 10-01-86 10-01-80 to 07-02-85      
1982-1984     Ray Cobb   Maurice Sherer
      10-01-84 to 07-01-85   10-01-82 to 10-01-88
1984-1986   James W. Barton Ellis Haynes Bill Cunningham  
    07-02-85 to 10-01-86 07-02-85 to 10-01-90 10-01-84 to 10-01-90  
1986-1988 Lucious Richardson James W. Barton      
  12-16-86 to 10-01-92 10-01-86 to 10-01-92      
1988-1990         James B. Vincent
          01-17-89 to 10-01-94
1990-1992     Everett Hudson Joseph Rutledge  
      10-01-90 to 10-01-96 10-01-90 to 10-01-96  
1992-1994 Paul Brignet James W. Barton      
  10-01-92 to 10-01-98 10-01-92 to 10-01-98      
1994-1996         Charles Tatum, Sr.
          10-01-94 to 10-01-00
1996-1998     Ray Cobb Joseph Rutledge  
      10-01-96 to 12-17-02 10-01-96 to 06-15-00  
1998-2000 Paul Brignet Charles Banks      
  10-01-98 to 10-01-04 10-01-98 to 10-01-04      
2000       I.V. Rutledge Charles Tatum, Sr.
        06-20-00 TO 12-17-02 10-01-00 to 10-01-06
2001          
2002     Bob Forbus Lee Swann  
      12-17-02 to 10-01-08 12-17-02 TO 8-19-03  
2003       Haig Wright  
        08-19-03 TO 10-01-09  
2004 Ray McAdams        
  10-05-04 TO 1-08-08        
2005   Charles Banks      
    10-07-05 TO 10-01-11      
2006         James B. Vincent
          10-01-06 to 10-01-12
2007          
2008 Alan McAdams   Bob Forbus    
  1-08-08 TO 10-01-10   10-01-08 TO 10-01-14    
2009       Haig Wright  
        10-01-09 TO 10-01-15  
2010 Alan McAdams        
  10-01-10 TO 10-01-16        
2011   Charles Banks      
    10-01-11 TO 10-01-17      
2012         James B. Vincent
          10-01-12 to 10-01-18
2013          
2014     Bob Forbus    
      10-01-14 TO 10-01-20    
 2015        Haig Wright  
        10-01-15 TO 10-01-21  
2016 Alan McAdams        Fred Webb
  10-01-16 TO 10-01-22        12-20-16 - 10-1-18
    Phillip Lee       
    09-00-16 TO 10-01-17      

Board of Directors

Current Board of Directors


Alan McAdams 
District 1
2016 TO 2022


Phillip Lee
District 2
2017 TO 2023


Bob Forbus
Chairman
District 3
2014 TO 2020


Haig Wright
District 4
2015 TO 2021


Fred Webb
District 5
2017 TO 2018


Jason Langley
Manager
2011 TO Present

Our Board At Work Photo Gallery

Past Board Members

Business Office

 The main office in downtown Jasper houses the Jasper Payment Center, with inside Customer Service stations.  New customers will come inside to setup their account.  You will be required to present a Photo ID and proof of Social Security number.

Also housed in this office are all records keeping and administrative operations.  The Manager's Office is located here, along with all Board meetings.

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