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launched Rxcycle Spartanburg, a new collaborative program in partnership with Spartanburg Public 
Safety, Upstate Forever, Spartanburg County Recycling, Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office, Forrester 
Center for Behavioral Health, Presbyterian College of Pharmacy, and Spartanburg Regional Healthcare 
System to help provide resources for the community to return unused and expired medication.  
Spartanburg County Sheriff’s deputies and City of Spartanburg Police officers staff return locations to 
ensure that medications are stored and transported according to U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency 
guidelines. 

Paddle Fest:  Each summer, more than 300 people attend our annual Paddle Fest, an array of outdoor 
activities including a sunrise educational paddle tour on our reservoirs, numerous paddling and 
educational classes, seminars, and races.  Local environmental organizations and businesses participate 
to educate the community on watersheds and environmental protection efforts and to promote their 
businesses. 

Lake Sweep:  Each year area volunteers gather at Lake Bowen Park for Spartanburg Water’s annual Lake 
Sweep. The event is held in conjunction with the statewide River Sweep/Beach Sweep initiative 
coordinated by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.  During last year’s event, a total of 
245 volunteers (42 Spartanburg Water employees, 14 employee family/friends, 185 community 
volunteers, and 4 public service workers) combined efforts to remove over 7 tons of litter from 
roadsides and waterways within our watershed. 

Clean Stream Program: Similar to the annual "Lake Sweep" in that both water quality initiatives are 
focused on removing litter from our roadsides and waterways, The“Clean Stream” Program coordinates 
smaller and more frequent events throughout the year. The benefit of this program is that clean-up 
efforts are expanded throughout the watershed, ultimately helping to further reduce the effects litter 
has on our water source and water supply. 

Annual Report Calendar:  Our annual report is provided to the public in the form of a two-year wall 
calendar. A water-themed photo contest open to the public is held to gather photos for the calendar, 
with cash prizes for photos selected. More than 200 photos were submitted for the contest. 

Good Neighbor Program:  The Good Neighbor Program is a charitable contribution program funded 
through contributions by Spartanburg Water customers and implemented in partnership with the 
Salvation Army to assist customers in need with paying their water and sewer bills.  Approximately every 
two years, Spartanburg Water sends a Good Neighbor Enrollment Form as a bill insert to solicit 
participation by customers who may elect to make a one-time donation or a recurring donation added 
to the bi-monthly bill.  The Salvation Army maintains the eligibility requirements and distributes the 
funds received for the Good Neighbor Program to Spartanburg Water customers. 

Community Benefit Program: Spartanburg Water spends on the order of $22M annually for operating 
and capital expenses, much of which flows back into the local economy.  To encourage those doing 
business in the community to further invest in the betterment of it, we are incorporating into our 
Procurement Policy a mechanism for them to include a voluntary Community Benefit in bids to supply 
goods and/or services. 

Choose Tap Campaign: Spartanburg Water and the Mary Black Foundation, through the Foundation’s 
“Way to Wellville” initiative, are combining our respective missions to drive the message that water is a