Water Matters graduates attend our first alumni event

November 8, 2019.

In celebration of five years since beginning our Water Matters Citizens’ Academy, Spartanburg Water held its first alumni event to update graduates on the progress made by the water system.

The Water Matters Citizens’ Academy is a six-week interactive program that gives participants an inside look at Spartanburg Water. It includes a variety of hands-on activities, tours of our award-winning facilities and reservoirs, as well as presentations of new and innovative projects by our experienced team.

Around 40 graduates attended the October 15, 2019, event at the Spartanburg Marriott. Our goal was to inform attendees of new developments within the company and the watershed and to give them the opportunity to ask our subject matter experts any questions.

The event started with a greeting and update from CEO Sue Schneider, who addressed several keys points and misinformation brought to Spartanburg Water’s attention during recent public comments. In October, Spartanburg Water launched its “Know the Facts” campaign, aimed to give our customers and our community the most accurate information about the utility and dismiss any misconceptions. You can review those central messages here.

After the briefing, Water Matters alum visited our “Ask the Expert” tables. Experts specializing in the watershed and reservoirs, water quality, economic development, wastewater, and infrastructure were all on hand to answer questions. Each provided visual displays, handouts, and other materials to guide attendees through an overview of what’s been happening within each of these specific areas within the utility.

The first annual Water Matters Alumni Event brought together our graduates who have continued to support the utility and taken an interest in what we do and how we accomplish our mission: to provide clean drinking and wastewater services to our region in a reliable manner. It was an opportunity to celebrate successes, inform community members of the challenges our watershed faces, and encourage all to keep doing their part to preserve these valuable natural resources and ensure a bright future for our reservoirs.

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