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GREER (November 15, 2016) – Greer Commission of Public Works was recently awarded the 2015 Area-Wide Optimization Program (AWOP) Excellence Award by the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) for achievements in meeting water quality goals.

The objective of AWOP is to encourage water treatment plants to “voluntarily optimize” or increase filtration and treatment systems to help protect the health of the public. According to SCDHEC, the model is approximately 10 times better than regulatory standards.

The voluntary performance goals reached by CPW for the past 9 consecutive years are based on water turbidity (a measure of the cloudiness of the water), sedimentation and filtration.

“Our focus has been and always will continue to be on plant optimization and producing the best possible drinking water for all of our customers and community. We hope this award proves our mission of exceeding customer expectations, “said Brad Nelson, CPW Water Filter Plant Manager.


– SC AWOP first began in 1998

– Greer CPW one of 41 SC optimized water filter plants awarded in 2015

– CPW has met AWOP goals every year since 2007 following the hiring of current water filter plant manager Brad Nelson

– Optimization improves drinking water quality and reduces risk of water-borne diseases

– CPW is on track to meet the AWOP requirements for 2017, will be 10th consecutive year


[PHOTO] – CPW Water Filter Plant Manager Brad Nelson (holding award) along with representatives from the United States Environmental Protection Agency and South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control receiving the award during an annual meeting in Columbia November 9th, 2016