Spartanburg Water opening window for public comment on draft rules and regulations

July 26, 2019

In a continued effort to work with our customers and community, Spartanburg Water is opening a window to receive public comments on a draft set of rules and regulations for the management of our drinking water reservoirs. These include the North Pacolet River, the South Pacolet River, the Pacolet River, Lake William Bowen Reservoir, Municipal Reservoir #1, and Lake H. Taylor Blalock Reservoir.

From August 1 - August 30, 2019, the public will have the opportunity to review the draft Watershed and Reservoir Management Rules and Regulations. These draft rules and regulations are a compilation of existing SWS policies, procedures, rules, regulations, and guidance forms – into a single, comprehensive document.

We have posted the complete document on our website here. If you prefer to review a hard copy of the document, a digital version will be print-ready, and we will also have copies available at the following Spartanburg County Library branches:

  • Downtown Spartanburg
  • Boiling Springs
  • Chesnee
  • Inman
  • Landrum

While we prefer you submit comments electronically through the online form that will be available on the SWS website, written comments will also be accepted by mail. If sending written comments, please make every effort to note the document section you are referencing. Written comments can be sent to:

Spartanburg Water System
P.O. Box 251
Spartanburg, SC  29304

Once the 30-day window for public comment closes, all comments with a name and address attached will be considered.

Following approval by the Commission, the final rules and regulations will supersede all previous policies and will apply to any and all SWS-owned properties along the reservoirs and their tributaries.

The Watershed and Reservoir Management Rules and Regulations will serve as a framework to manage the reservoirs and the SWS property surrounding them. The rules and regulations will provide adjoining landowners – and the general public who wish to enjoy these resources – guidelines on allowed activities, as well as the required permits and the permitting processes.

Spartanburg Water welcomes and appreciates your feedback. We know these matters are important to those who live near and recreate on our drinking water reservoirs, as they also are to us.

Spartanburg Water’s top priority is to protect the integrity of the water quality in our drinking water reservoirs and to sustain a long-term supply of source water. These factors are critical to the prosperity and economic growth of Spartanburg County and the surrounding area.

We are confident that, together, we can establish a set of rules and regulations that will encourage the responsible use of these valuable natural resources, while continuing to help us achieve our mission: to provide quality water and wastewater to our region in a reliable manner.

To review the full document, click here.