State honors Simms and Landrum Water Treatment Facilities

January 28, 2019

Spartanburg Water’s R.B. Simms and Landrum Water Treatment Facilities recently received high honors from the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC). The agency recognized a small number of drinking water treatment plants across the state for meeting water quality goals ten times higher than regulatory standards for the calendar year 2017.

“We appreciate the honor recently given to both of our drinking water treatment plants by DHEC,” said Ken Tuck, Spartanburg Water’s Drinking Water Treatment Manager. “This recognition shows what we hope the public can see every day: our commitment at all of our facilities to provide safe drinking water that more than meets the current standards.”

The recognized plants optimized filtration and treatment system performance in order to protect and serve the health of the public – achieving water quality that is about 10 times higher than regulatory standards.  The goal of the Area-Wide Optimization Program (AWOP), begun in 1997, is to optimize particle removal and disinfection at all filtration plants to maximize public health protection. The program was originally focused on microbial contaminants, but has expanded to include a disinfectant byproducts component. What this means to Spartanburg Water’s customers is: your water is safe.

The plants that were recognized for calendar year 2017 serve 2.25 million South Carolinians, or about 75 percent of the population that gets water from a surface water plant. DHEC collaborates with utilities across the state – providing consultative support and resources to improve water quality for all South Carolinians.

DHEC’s core focus for water quality standards includes eliminating water pathogens and other contaminants that can pose a threat to public health. Once optimization of these standards is achieved, additional water quality goals include a focus on the control of disinfection byproducts, which represent a major challenge for water systems over large areas of the country.