Water Matters: Get a behind-the-scenes look at Spartanburg Water, from the watershed to the tap

Citizens’ academy provides a hands-on program for customers interested in water issues

Spartanburg Water invites customers to get an inside look at how it provides water and wastewater service to the community—from the watershed to the tap. Water Matters provides a short-term curriculum of classes, hands-on demonstrations of new technology and field trips to Spartanburg Water's wastewater treatment facilities, as well as the Lake Blalock dam.

Water Matters helps Spartanburg Water create a network of individuals who are not only knowledgeable about key water issues but who are also willing to help expand that knowledge by serving as ambassadors for water education, said Sue Schneider, Chief Executive Officer.

The classes focus on a number of different components of drinking and wastewater services, distribution and development, as well as the environment—Spartanburg Water is the custodian of both Lakes Blalock and Bowen in Spartanburg County.

Participants learn about:

  • The behind-the-scenes work Spartanburg Water is doing every day to ensure a safe and reliable water supply is available to fuel our economy and meet regional needs

  • What it takes to provide 25 millions gallons of drinking water and treat 12 million gallons of wastewater each day

  • New programs and technological advancements to improve customer experience, as well as plans to embrace recent challenges, plan for the future and create further innovation

  • How Spartanburg Water maintains its watersheds on Lakes Bowen and Blalock and how the water in those lakes is managed for not only drinking water, but also for the enjoyment of recreation and other downstream uses

  • An overview of the Spartanburg Water System