489 

 

Other solids: Spartanburg Water accepts both septage and grease trap waste from within Spartanburg 
County at its largest reclaimed water treatment facility.  Septage is processed through the solids 
management system.  We have invested two million dollars in a grease receiving station and associated 
infrastructure to receive, segregate, and potentially reuse grease trap waste for beneficial purposes. 

Drinking water treatment residuals: This material consists mainly of aluminum hydroxide floc and river 
sediment with the algal cells and other solid debris entrapped during the flocculation and sedimentation 
processes.  This material is environmentally inert, but can serve as a soil conditioner with a low level 
plant nutrient content.  We manage this material primarily by settling and thickening, recycling the 
supernatant water through the treatment process or discharging it via an NPDES permitted outfall, and 
land applying the remaining semi-solid material in accordance with an NPDES No Discharge permit on 
dedicated fields we own and maintain for this purpose. 

 

Performance Measures & Results  

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Solids Management Cost/Dry Ton: Tracks cost of solids management – used to guide decisions 
re disposal method 

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Odor Complaints: Tracks complaints of unpleasant odor from customers and residents in the 
vicinity of treatment and solids handling facilities 

 

 

COMMUNITY PARTNERING & ENGAGEMENT 

 

Partnerships in place with one or more community organizations, with specific name given to 
partnership and objectives for the partnership established (e.g., a formalized partnership among 
community transportation, parks, and land use organizations for the incorporation of green 
infrastructure to reduce flooding and overflows)  

 

Participation in projects with neighborhood groups/stakeholders to create recreational 
opportunities and community assets (e.g., parks, enhanced public space)  

 

Participation in regular meetings with community stakeholders and offering of environmental 
education opportunities (e.g., river walks)  

 

Web presence established with social media engagement 

Day of Service: Since 2009, Spartanburg Water has held its annual Day of Service to provide its 
employees an opportunity to volunteer and give back to the Spartanburg community. A Saturday is set 
aside each April, with projects ranging from house repair and landscaping to cooking and serving the 
homeless. During the past seven years, more than 3,000 man hours have been donated to local 
nonprofits. 

United Way of the Piedmont: Support includes an annual fundraising campaign to which employees may 
make one time or recurring contributions via payroll deduction, “Stuff the Bus” project which provides 
necessary school supplies for children, and “Bags of Love” which targets seniors living alone and 
dependent upon community agencies 

Rxcycle Prescription Drug Take Back Program: Conventional wisdom has been to dispose of unwanted 
medications by flushing down the sink or toilet or throwing them away in the trash, but growing 
evidence of water contamination by these products has made this practice undesirable.  In 2015, we