Awards

Spartanburg Water is an award-winning utility. We're proud of the numerous awards we've received, along with certifications and recognitions.

Silver, Gold and Platinum Five ‘Peak Performance’ awards, NACWA, 2017

The National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) recognizes national leaders in wastewater compliance. Spartanburg Water received a total of seven Silver, Gold and Platinum 5 ‘Peak Performance’ awards, which recognize public wastewater treatment facilities for the 2016 calendar year. The "Platinum 5" award went to the Fingerville RWT facility for  five consecutive years of 100 percent compliance. The facilities receiving Gold awards were Clifton-Converse, Cowpens, Pacolet Mills and Page Creek. The facilities receiving Silver awards were the Lower North Tyger River and the South Tyger River.

Commendation of Excellence Safety Award, South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, 2017

Administration, Drinking Water Treatment, Human Resources, Laboratory Services, Reclaimed Water Treatment Plant, Reclaimed Water Treatment and Drinking Water Treatment Above Ground Maintenance, Purchasing, Watershed Management, Customer Service, Engineering and Information Technology were recognized for excellence in facility operations for calendar year 2016.

Reclaimed Water Facility Excellence Awards, SCDHEC, 2017

Seven of Spartanburg Water’s reclaimed water facilities were recognized for excellence in facility operations, maintenance, management and protection of the environment by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control. Josh Smith, shown right, accepted the DHEC award.

Crystal Crucible Award, SCEC, 2017

Syndee Poteat was awarded the South Carolina Environmental Conference Crystal Crucible Award. The award is presented annually to a lab analyst for significant contributions that promote professionalism, pride and high ideals among those working in water and wastewater analysis.” The award also recognizes individuals for significant contributions that promote education, training, certification, management, and promoting innovative laboratory operations. Poteat is shown at left.

Wastewater Treatment Plant Lead Operator of the Year, Blue Ridge Foothills District, WEASC, 2016

Sean Henderson was awarded the Blue Ridge Foothills District Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator of the Year for 2016. The award is presented annually to a wastewater treatment plant operator for excellence achieved in the direct operation of a wastewater system in South Carolina. Henderson is shown on left, at right.

Laboratory Analyst of the Year, Blue Ridge Foothills District, WEASC, 2016

Karen Pearson, was awarded the Blue Ridge Foothills District Laboratory Analyst of the Year for 2016. This award is presented annually to a water treatment analyst for excellence achieved in the laboratory of a water and/or wastewater treatment plant in South Carolina. Pearson is shown center, at right.

Water Maintenance Coordinator of the Year, Blue Ridge Foothills District, WEASC, 2016

David Cantrell, a longtime employee of the utility, was awarded the Blue Ridge Foothills District Maintenance Operator of the Year for 2016. This award is given annually for excellence in the maintenance of a water and/or wastewater system in South Carolina. Cantrell is shown above on right.

Area-Wide Optimization Program Awards, SCDHEC, 2016

Both R.B. Simms and Landrum Water Treatment Facilities were given the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control's Area-Wide Optimization Program Award for calendar year 2015. This award is given annually to plants that achieve water quality that is 10 times higher than regulatory standards.

Spartanburg Water honored as Utility of the Future Today, 2016

Spartanburg Water was one of 61 utilities worldwide recognized for exceptional performance by a partnership of water sector organizations—the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA), the Water Environment Federation (WEF), the Water Environment & Reuse Foundation (WE&RF) and the WateReuse Association—with input from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Silver, Gold and Platinum ‘Peak Performance’ awards, NACWA, 2016

The National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) recognizes national leaders in wastewater compliance. Spartanburg Water received a total of eight Silver, Gold and Platinum ‘Peak Performance’ awards, which recognize public wastewater treatment facilities for the 2015 calendar year. The "Platinum 9" award went to the Lower North Tyger River RWT facility for receiving Gold awards for nine consecutive years.

Commendation of Excellence Safety Program Awards, S.C. Chamber of Commerce, 2016

Twelve Spartanburg Water departments received Commendation of Excellence Safety Program Awards for safety performance in 2015 by the state Chamber of Commerce.

Kelly A. Hunsucker Award, SCAWWA, 2016

Spartanburg Water Treatment received the South Carolina American Water Works Kelly A. Hunsucker Award for excellence in cross connection control in drinking water treatment.

Reclaimed Water Facility Excellence Awards, DHEC, 2016

All eight Spartanburg Water’s reclaimed water facilities were recognized for excellence in facility operations, maintenance, management and protection of the environment by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.

Meritorius Operator Service Award, SCAWWA, 2016

James (Jim) Tester, was presented with the South Carolina American Water Works Association's Meritorious Operator Service Award. The award is given to a certified water works operator for outstanding performance as a water plant operator based on state health department standards for excellence in operation and maintenance. 

Young Professional of the Year, SCAWWA, 2016

Lauren Ballenger was awarded the South Carolina American Water Works Association's Young Professional of the Year. The award recognizes the contributions of young members whose service and achievements are exceptional for their years of experience.

Directors Awards, Partnership for Safe Drinking Water, 2016

R.B. Simms Water Treatment Facility was awarded the Partnership for Safe Drinking Water's 15 Year Directors Award and Landrum Water Treatment Facility was awarded for the ninth consecutive year. Awarded facilities have shown excellence in water treatment and drinking water quality.

Area-Wide Optimization Program Award, SCDHEC, 2016

The Landrum Water Treatment Facility was awarded the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control's Area-Wide Optimization Program Award for calendar year 2014. This award is given annually to plants that achieve water quality that is 10 times higher than regulatory standards.

Laboratory Analyst of the Year, Blue Ridge Foothills District, WEASC, 2015

Lauren Ballenger was awarded the Blue Ridge Foothills District Laboratory Analyst of the Year for 2015. This award is given annually to a water and/or wastewater treatment analyst for excellence achieved in the laboratory of a water and/or wastewater treatment plant in South Carolina.

Wastewater Treatment Plant Lead Operator of the Year, Blue Ridge Foothills District, WEASC, 2015

Mike Russell was awarded the Blue Ridge Foothills District Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator of the Year for 2015. The award is presented annually to a wastewater treatment plant operator for excellence achieved in the direct operation of a wastewater system in South Carolina.

Graduation, Water Leadership Institute, WEF, 2015

Angie Price, P.E., graduated from the Water Environment Federation’s 2015 Water Leadership Institute. 38 water professionals from across the country that represented utilities, consultants, manufacturers, and government agencies participated. Price is Utilities Asset Engineer for Spartanburg Water.

Appointment, Environmental Certification Board, State of South Carolina, 2015

Ken Tuck, Director of Water Treatment, was appointed by Governor Nikki Haley to a four-year term on the South Carolina Environmental Certification Board. The  Board is composed of nine members appointed by the Governor and one must be a licensed public water treatment operator.

Lifesaving Award for Professional Responders, Palmetto SC Region, American Red Cross, 2015

Jimmy Bobo, Lake Warden, was awarded a lifesaving designation by the American Red Cross for successfully performing CPR using an AED on a visitor to Lake Bowen.

Facility Excellence Awards, South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, 2015

One hundred percent of Spartanburg Water’s eight reclaimed water facilities were recognized for environmental and operation excellence from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.

Commendations of Excellence Safety Program Certificates, South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, 2015

Spartanburg Water has logged more than 450,000 hours of injury-free work time in 13 departments, resulting in special commendations by the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce.

Silver, Gold and Platinum ‘Peak Performance’ awards, NACWA, 2015

The National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) recognizes national leaders in wastewater compliance. Spartanburg Water received a total of eight Silver, Gold and Platinum ‘Peak Performance’ awards, which recognize public wastewater treatment facilities, for the 2014 calendar year. The "Platinum 9" award went to the Lower North Tyger River RWT facility for receiving Gold awards for nine consecutive years.

Overall Best Design-Build Project in the Southeast, Design-Build Institute of America, 2014

R.B. Simms Water Treatment Plant and the Myles W. Whitlock, Jr. Water Treatment Plant Improvements Projects were awarded  “2014 Overall Best Design-Build Project in the Southeast” and the best projects in both the Industrial/Process Sector and in the Infrastructure Sector.