Tours and Presentations

Spartanburg Water offers four tours of water and wastewater facilities located throughout the region. To learn more, simply pick the facilities that interest you most. To schedule a tour or school presentation please contact Courtney Dobbins at (864) 580-5686 or

Water and Wastewater Facility Tours - Tour Criteria

Water TreatmentTo ensure the safety of our guests the following criteria will apply for tours of R.B. Simms. Water Treatment Facility and Fairforest Reclaimed Water Facility:
• 6 years and under - One adult per child. No more that 8 children at a time.
• 7 to 12 years - One adult per three students. No more than 12 children at a time.
• 12 to 16 years - One adult per five students. No more than 15 children at a time.
• 16 years and up - One adult per group. No more than 25 people at a time.


R.B. Simms Water Treatment Facility

• Located at 390 Spartanburg Water Works Road in Chesnee
• Tour time is approximately one hour
• Targeted at junior high students and above
• Areas for touring at water filtration facility: 12 and under - control center, chemical feed building, and filter building; 13 and up - entire tour of facility



Fairforest Reclaimed Water Facility

Fairforest Reclaimed Water Facility

• Located off 295 by-pass
• Tour time is approximately 1 hour
• Targeted at junior high students and above
• Fairforest Reclaimed Water Tour Handouts


Water Quality Lab Facility

Water Quality Lab Facility• Located on South Ave
• Covers water and wastewater testing techniques
• Targeted at junior high and high school aged students
• One chaperone for every 8-10 students. No more than 25 students at a time.



Pontoon Classroom

Pontoon Classroom

Participants in this class receive a guided tour on a pontoon boat while learning about the history and use of Lake Bowen and Lake Blalock. The program focuses on water safety, water conservation, and watershed issues. Additionally, students learn how to take water samples and test for water quality.

• Day-long program suitable for late elementary through junior high students
• Topics available include:
   - Water Treatment Process, Distribution and Purification
   - Reclaimed Water Treatment Process, Collection and Recycling

For more information about the Pontoon Classroom program, contact the Lake Bowen Wardens Office at (864) 592-2240.