For a great leader add water

By: Special to The Union Times

SPARTANBURG — Water Matters Citizens’ Academy is the perfect way to learn more about your local utility — and we can guarantee that our award-winning staff will blow you out of the water.

The class begins Tuesday, Sept. 18, and the deadline to apply is Friday, Aug. 11. All sessions are Tuesday evenings, 6-8 p.m. in the Barrett Room of the Spartanburg County Library.

Please consider applying for this six-week, interactive series that provides you with answers to these critical questions about your water supply:

• Where does my water come from? September 18

• How safe is my water? September 25

• How are our rivers kept clean? October 2

• How does my water get to and from my home? October 9

• How does my utility plan for the future? October 16

• What role does water play in the community? October 23

There is also a field trip to our Fairforest Reclaimed Water Treatment Plant, R.B. Simms Water Treatment Plant and Lake Blalock Dam on Saturday, September 29.

Some questions you may have:

Q. What is Water Matters?

A. Spartanburg Water Matters is a Citizens’ Academy for community members interested in learning about critical water and wastewater issues, and to better understand how a water utility operates.

Q. What is the goal of the program?

A. Spartanburg Water’s team wants to expand and sustain a diverse network of our customers from across the region who are knowledgeable about key water issues and regional programs and strategies. We are hopeful that class participants will help expand their knowledge by serving as outreach ambassadors and by referring others to participate in future water academy classes.

Q. Is there a cost to apply or, if I am accepted, to participate in Water Matters?

Water Matters is free — there is no cost to apply or to participate. We are investing in expanded education opportunities for our customers with programs like Water Matters and encourage everyone who is interested in learning more about Spartanburg Water and its operations to apply.

Q. Who is eligible to participate?

A. Anyone who is a current water and/or sewer customer of Spartanburg Water is eligible to participate.

Q. What is the deadline to apply?

A. Applications are due by Friday, Aug. 3.

Q. How will I know if I’m selected to participate?

A. Members of Water Matters will be notified by email the week of Aug. 13.

To apply for the Fall 2018 Water Matters Citizens’ Academy go to

About Spartanburg Water

Spartanburg Water, an award-winning utility, is comprised of Spartanburg Water System and Spartanburg Sanitary Sewer District. It serves a population of about 200,000 within Spartanburg County, as well as others in parts of Greenville, Union and Cherokee counties. With the help of its dedicated team of more than 250 employees, each day it produces an average of 25 million gallons of drinking water and cleans 12 million gallons of reclaimed water for its customers and community. For more information on Spartanburg Water’s water quality efforts, visit us at
Water Matters Citizens’ Academy seeks applicants

Special to The Union Times