Awards

Spartanburg Water is an award-winning utility. We're proud of the numerous awards we've received, along with certifications and recognitions. Below are awards from 2017-2019: 

Wastewater Facility Excellence Awards, SCDHEC, 2018

Three of Spartanburg Water’s wastewater 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. They are Clifton-Converse, Cowpens-Pacolet and Fingerville.

Henry Gibson Meritorious Service Award, WEASC, 2018

Janet Cann, P.E., was awarded the Henry E. Gibson Service Award for 2018 by the Water Environment Association of South Carolina (WEASC). This award is presented to recognize and honor a member of the WEASC who has demonstrated outstanding service to the association through leadership and active participation in its programs.  

Legacy Service Award, Blue Ridge Foothills District, WEASC, 2018

Janet Cann, P.E., was awarded the Blue Ridge Foothills District Legacy Service Award for 2018 by the Water Environment Association of South Carolina. This award is presented to acknowledge sustained extraordinary service, leadership and devotion to the organization. Janet is shown at right.

Laboratory Analyst of the Year, Blue Ridge Foothills District, WEASC, 2018

Ron Gilbert was awarded the Blue Ridge Foothills District Laboratory Analyst of the Year for 2018 by the Water Environment Association of Sourth Carolina. 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. Ron is shown at right.

Water Fluoridation Quality Award, US CDC, 2018

The R.B. Simms Drinking Water Treatment Facility was awarded the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for a consistent level of optimally fluoridated water for calendar year 2017. This award recognizes those communities that maintained a consistent level of optimally fluoridated water throughout 2017.

Area-Wide Optimization Program Awards, SCDHEC, 2018

Both R.B. Simms and Landrum Drinking Water Treatment Facilities were given the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control's Area-Wide Optimization Program Award for calendar year 2017. This award is given annually to plants that achieve water quality that is 10 times higher than regulatory standards.

Silver, Gold and Platinum Six, Platinum Five ‘Peak Performance’ awards, NACWA, 2018

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 and Platinum 6 ‘Peak Performance’ awards, which recognize public wastewater treatment facilities for the 2017 calendar year.

Platinum 6 award: Fingerville RWT facility for six consecutive years of 100 percent compliance.

Platinum 5 award: Clifton-Converse and Page Creek RWT facilities for five consecutive years of 100 percent compliance.

Gold awards: Cowpens and Pacolet Mills RWT facilities.

Silver awards: Lower North Tyger and the South Tyger RWT facilities.

Commendation of Excellence Safety Award, South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, 2018

Administration,Customer Service, Drinking Water Treatment, Engineering, Human Resources, Information Technology, Laboratory Services, Purchasing, Reclaimed Water Treatment, Spartanburg Water Maintenance and Watershed Management were recognized for excellence in facility operations for calendar year 2017.

Reclaimed Water Facility Excellence Awards, SCDHEC, 2018

All eight 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. They are Clifton-Converse, Cowpens-Pacolet, Fingerville, Fairforest, Lower North Tyger River, Pacolet Mills, Page Creek and South Tyger River.

Directors Award, Partnership for Safe Drinking Water, AWWA, 2018

Landrum water treatment plant was recognized by the S.C. American Water Works Association's Partnership for Safe Drinking Water for exceeding its program requirements for drinking water quality for 12 consecutive years.

Directors Award, Partnership for Safe Drinking Water, AWWA, 2018

R.B. Simms water treatment plant was recognized by the S.C. American Water Works Association's Partnership for Safe Drinking Water for exceeding its program requirements for drinking water quality for 17 consecutive years.

Pipe Tapping Contest, SCEC, 2018

The South Carolina Environmental Conference (SCEC) “Pipe Tapping” contest was won by a team from the Collection and Distribution (C&D) department with a winning time under two minutes. Team members are David Wright, James Edwards, Tim Burrell and Brian Howell.

National Environmental Achievement Award for Information and Education, NACWA, 2018

The National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) recognized Spartanburg Water with the Public Information & Education Award for its inventive efforts to educate the public on the effects of wastewater treatment and pollution control on the environment. Programs created by Spartanburg Water for education are: Water Matters Citizens' Academy, Choose Tap and Paddle Fest; two programs created with partners are Lake Sweep and Pontoon Classroom.

The Water Resources Utility of the Future Award, NACWA, 2018

The National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) Water Resources Utility of the Future Award is given to a single member agency that demonstrates bold, transformational leadership in managing resources, partners effectively in local economic development, and engage stakeholders – resulting in environmental, economic and social benefits.

Laboratory Analyst of the Year, Blue Ridge Foothills District, WEASC, 2017

Peggy Hicklin O'Neal was awarded the Blue Ridge Foothills District Laboratory Analyst of the Year for 2017 by the Water Environment Association of Sourth Carolina. 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.

Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator of the Year, Blue Ridge Foothills District, WEASC, 2017

Gary Vanderford was awarded the Blue Ridge Foothills District Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator of the Year for 2017 by the Water Environment Association of Sourth Carolina. 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.

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). This designation is for three years and will be reviewed for redesignation in 2019.