Join volunteers cleaning around our lakes at the 30th Annual Lake Sweep

July 30, 2018

Area schools, families, colleges and community organizations are invited to participate in Spartanburg Water’s 30th Annual Lake Sweep. The Saturday, September 15, event is part of the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources Beach Sweep/River Sweep, the statewide effort to keep South Carolina’s waterways clean of debris.

In the past, approximately 200 volunteers, including Spartanburg Water employees and their family members volunteered for Lake Sweep, helping to remove a recent average of 24,000 pounds of trash each year. Volunteers can expect to remove a variety of items, including furniture, plastics, tires and a lot of glass items.

Spartanburg Water hosts Lake Sweep every fall to protect the local water supply and to ensure that the citizens of Spartanburg County have an excellent source of drinking water and a recreational resource for the future. The event is an opportunity for anyone willing to work four hours at one of the predetermined locations around Lakes Bowen and Blalock to remove trash from roadsides, streams and shorelines.

All volunteers should meet in the Lake Bowen Warden's Office parking lot between 7 and 7:45 a.m. for registration and complimentary donuts and coffee. Teams will assemble at 7:45 a.m. for instructions and vans will depart for assigned clean-up sites promptly at 8 a.m. Teams will return to the landing around 11:30 a.m. for a complementary lunch and awards for the three teams collecting the most trash. The event should conclude by noon.

Volunteers also receive a Lake Sweep 2018 T-shirt as a thank you for keeping our watershed trash-free. Individuals are always welcome to volunteer for the event and will be assigned to a team before the event. All volunteers must register in advance of the event at

“We are so grateful to those who volunteer and work so hard to remove the trash that could end up in our beautiful lakes. They give up a Saturday morning to be shuttled to 40 sites around the areas close to Lakes Blalock and Bowen in order to keep our water pristine,” said Ken Tuck, Spartanburg Water’s Director of Water Treatment.

Registration is online here.

For more information about volunteering for Lake Sweep 2018, contact Reservoir Manager Ron O’Neill, event organizer, at or (864) 578-5442.

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 about 200,000 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. For more information on Spartanburg Water’s water quality efforts, visit us at