Spartanburg Water joins Infrastructure Week 2017

May 9, 2017

Spartanburg – Today, Spartanburg Water announced its participation in the national advocacy and educational event, Infrastructure Week, May 15-19. Across the country, businesses, labor organizations, elected officials and more will come together spread the message about why it is #TimeToBuild.

All Americans need efficient, affordable and reliable infrastructure. Infrastructure is the foundation of our jobs, quality of life, economic competitiveness and even national security and public safety. Yet the nation’s transportation, water, energy, and communications infrastructure is under-funded, poorly maintained, and inadequately designed to meet 21st century needs. Nationwide, there is a massive gap between the need to invest in our infrastructure and current funding. Now is the time to build something better.

 “One of the challenges our community faces is water infrastructure designed and installed as many as 100 years ago,” said Spartanburg Water CEO Sue Schneider. “Our Downtown Underground project is just part of the commitment to replacing aging infrastructure to benefit all those who work and live in Spartanburg. There is no better time than Infrastructure Week to highlight how Spartanburg Water is stepping up to meet this challenge. ”

Downtown Underground is an ongoing effort to strengthen the infrastructure in sections of West Main Street from Forest Street to Daniel Morgan Avenue, as well as Daniel Morgan Avenue from Ezell Street to Henry Street. Replacing these water lines with new, modern materials will reduce the maintenance cost required to keep them in service and improve fire protection.  It will also reduce the inconvenience that come from line breaks, disruptions in service, and crews working in the area, Schneider said.

“We are encouraged that Spartanburg Water has partnered with us many years for Infrastructure Week. The state of America’s infrastructure is one of the most pressing issues facing us as a nation, and the benefits of a stronger, better infrastructure system will be far-reaching and long-lasting,” said Zach Schafer, director of Infrastructure Week. “During Infrastructure Week, we bring together the public and private sector to encourage lawmakers to think long-term and invest in infrastructure at the federal, state and local level.”

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 25 million gallons of drinking water and cleans 12 million gallons of reclaimed water for its customers and community.

ABOUT INFRASTRUCTURE WEEK:  Infrastructure Week is a national week of education and advocacy that brings together American businesses, workers, elected leaders, and everyday citizens around one message: its #TimeToBuild. From May 15-19, leaders and citizens around America will highlight the state of our nation’s infrastructure – roads, bridges, rail, ports, airports, water and sewer systems, the energy grid, and more – and encourage policymakers to invest in the projects, technologies and policies necessary to make America competitive, prosperous, and safe. Steering committee members include the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Value of Water Campaign, AFL-CIO and others. More information about Infrastructure Week can be found here.