Spartanburg Water lead plant operator wins district award for excellence

January 24, 2017

LYMAN – Sean Henderson was awarded the Blue Ridge Foothills District Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator of the Year for 2016 at an awards banquet on January 10.

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 the Lead Operator for the Clifton-Converse, Cowpens, Fingerville, Pacolet Mills, and Page Creek Reclaimed Water Treatment Facilities and the Biosolids program.

“Sean is an excellent leader who listens to his staff’s input in activities in the field and operational matters. He worked on the initial design of our new liquid disinfection system at our Clifton-Converse, Pacolet Mills and Cowpens Reclaimed Water Treatment Facilities and maintained compliance standards during the transition to the new system,” said Josh Smith, Reclaimed Water Treatment Manager.

The Blue Ridge Foothills District is one of 10 regional districts of the WEASC. The district includes Spartanburg, Greenville, Pickens, Oconee and Anderson counties. Annually, members are selected for outstanding service in categories as defined by the WEASC. These individuals are now eligible to receive awards from the state organization in March.

ABOUT SPARTANBURG WATER: Spartanburg Water, an award-winning utility, is comprised of Spartanburg Water System and Spartanburg Sanitary Sewer District. It serves a population of more than 180,000 within Spartanburg County, as well as others in parts of Greenville, Union and Cherokee counties. With the help of its dedicated team of more than 250 employees, each day it produces an average of 30 million gallons of drinking water and cleans 12 million gallons of reclaimed water for its customers and community. For more information on Spartanburg Water’s water quality efforts, visit us at

ABOUT THE WATER ENVIRONMENT ASSOCIATION OF SOUTH CAROLINA (WEASC): WEASC serves more than 3,000 members across 10 districts throughout South Carolina. It is affiliated with the Water Environment Federation (WEF), which is composed of affiliates and members throughout the world. Its purpose is to serve those whose vocation is the promotion, protection and preservation of the water environment. And, by extension, to serve all those who enjoy the waters of South Carolina for recreation or refreshment.