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 2016-2018:

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. The "Platinum 6" award went to the Fingerville RWT facility for six consecutive years of 100 percent compliance. The "Platinum 5" award went to the Clifton-Converse and Page Creek RWT facilities for five consecutive years of 100 percent compliance.The facilities receiving Gold awards were Cowpens and Pacolet Mills RWT facilities. The facilities receiving Silver awards were the 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.

South Carolina Laboratory Analyst Excellence Award, WEASC, 2018

Syndee Poteat, Laboratory Services Manager, was honored by the Water Environment Association of South Carolina’s (WEASC) with the Laboratory Analyst Excellence Award. top award for water quality analysis at the South Carolina Environmental Conference (SCEC). The award recognizes individuals for outstanding performance, professionalism and contributions to their profession.

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 received a 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, partner 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.