SPARTANBURG – Spartanburg Water is proud to announce it is one of just 65 utilities worldwide to receive recognition as a Utility of the Future Today (UotFT) for 2020.
The opportunity to achieve this title comes just once every three years – this being the second time since the program’s inception in 2016 that Spartanburg Water has taken home the honor.
Spartanburg Water is just one of two utilities in all of South Carolina to ever be recognized for this award – and one of just 18 utilities globally to be named a Utility of the Future Today for a second time.
Utility of the Future Today was created by the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA), the Water Environment Federation (WEF), The Water Research Foundation (WRF) and the WateReuse Association, with input from the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), to showcase utilities that have successfully implemented new and creative efforts to address challenges faced by the water industry and the communities it serves.
The recognition program seeks to identify and promote utilities that are building on a foundation of excellence in management and that are helping utilities of all sizes transform their operations by instilling the inventive Utility of the Future business model.
This business model goes beyond simple compliance with environmental laws and regulations. The Utility of the Future model is built on the use of innovative technologies and cutting-edge practices, with a focus on resource recovery, efficiency, and sustainability.
The 65 honorees, including Spartanburg Water, are credited with embracing and implementing innovative approaches and technologies – related to energy, efficiency, water conservation, green infrastructure, community partnerships, and more – in order to improve sustainability and environmental impacts while lowering operational costs and helping boost the local economy.
“This honor is a reflection of Spartanburg Water’s commitment to protecting public health, being good stewards of the environment, and supporting our community’s desired quality of life,” said CEO Sue Schneider. “Of all the utilities on the map, Spartanburg Water was one of the few to receive this prestigious recognition when the program first began in 2016. Attaining this title a second time demonstrates our continued success in upholding worldwide standards.”
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 nearly 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 nearly 300 employees, each day it produces an average of 25 million gallons of drinking water and cleans 14 million gallons of wastewater for its customers and community.
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