Spartanburg Water System (SWS) has developed a watershed approach to managing the environmental assets surroundings its reservoirs. The buffer area up to the 827’ Mean Sea Level (MSL) Contour Line for Lake Bowen and the 720’ Mean Sea Level (MSL) Contour Line for Lake Blalock is owned and maintained by Spartanburg Water System.
In order to better protect and enhance the water quality in the reservoirs, to maintain and minimize disturbance of the important buffer zone owned by SWS around the reservoirs, and to provide safe recreation for all users of both lakes – SWS requires adjoining property owners to go through a permitting process for the addition of any structures, improvements or modification of natural vegetation in this buffer area, unless specifically exempted. This standard permitting procedure is required each time a project or modification to an existing project is requested by the adjoining property owner.
Those structures, improvements and vegetation modifications that are allowed for permitting can be found in the separate policies and procedures documents that provide guidance for adjoining property owners of Lake Bowen and Lake Blalock reservoirs.
Permits issued for the applied-for project or improvement will remain valid as long as the permittee remains the current addressee and does not violate any policies and procedures outlined in either policies and procedures document.
As the final line of natural filtration for settling and sedimentation before the raw water reaches our R.B. Simms Drinking Water Treatment Facility, SWS is committed to maintaining the natural condition of Municipal Reservoir #1 with a natural and vegetative buffer.
Consequently, no surface recreation of any kind is allowed – including swimming and any forms of watercraft. SWS also does not permit or allow new private structures or other forms of improvements such as docks or sitting areas on SWS Property up to the 780’ Mean Sea Level Contour Line at Municipal Reservoir #1.