Spartanburg Water marks commissioner’s longstanding service with dedication ceremony

June 26, 2019

As Spartanburg Water marks 90 years in the sewer industry, we are pleased to recognize the Honorable A. Manning Lynch for his 28 years of service as a Spartanburg Sanitary Sewer District Commissioner. The achievements and advancements reached throughout Mr. Lynch’s tenure contributed to the betterment the Spartanburg Sanitary Sewer District and the community it’s served over the last nine decades.

The Spartanburg Metropolitan District, which later became the Spartanburg Sanitary Sewer District, was established in 1929. As it continues to do today, SSSD began building for the future, launching operations at two wastewater plants, Fairforest and Lawson’s Fork, in 1931. Today, that operation has grown to include a total of eight treatment facilities that, in total, clean 14 million gallons of reclaimed water for its customers and community daily.

At the helm of the Spartanburg Sanitary Sewer District Commission for nearly a third of its existence was Mr. A. Manning Lynch. He is the longest-serving sewer commissioner in recent history and fully embodies Spartanburg Water’s mission.

Mr. Lynch served the Spartanburg Sanitary Sewer District since 1990 and guided the District’s commissioners as its chairperson from 1991 to 2018. Under his strong leadership, the Spartanburg Sanitary Sewer District made great strides and marked a number of achievements.

Some of those milestone projects included expanding the sewer district’s service area by 110 square miles, installing and acquiring over 693 miles of sewer line – promoting and contributing to residential, commercial, and industrial growth in Spartanburg County, and increasing the District’s level of service by installing and implementing state-of-the-art technology.

To thank Mr. Lynch for his years of service and commitment to providing for the future, Spartanburg Water is proud to announce the Fairforest Wastewater Treatment Plant will henceforth be known as the A. Manning Lynch Wastewater Treatment Facility.

Unlike the roads and power lines you see, the miles of pipes wastewater travels through for treatment aren’t visible. Although out of sight, Mr. Lynch made certain the importance of investing in wastewater infrastructure was never out of mind. With the future always a forethought, his dedication to the development of Spartanburg and to protecting public health have served as the backbone of Spartanburg Sanitary Sewer District’s mission the last 90 years and will be the foundation on which we continue to build for the next 90 years and beyond.