The Greer community is home to several large international companies, for which CPW provides many utility services. Thanks to planning and careful investment, our system has the capacity to serve the existing and new companies that call Greer home. Together with Greer Development Corporation and the City of Greer, CPW works to attract new companies to our area. As a partner in economic development, we ensure that our community has the necessary capacity for prospective businesses. If you’re interested in our system and need capacity information, please give our engineering department a call at 864.848.5500 or send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
We operate a 24 MGD water plant, averaging about 9 million gallons of daily output. Our water sources are Lake Robinson and Lake Cunningham which combine for over 1200 acres of surface water. Our system is primarily within the City limits of Greer.
The Maple Creek Wastewater facility has a capacity of 5 MGD and currently treats about half of that daily. CPW has plans to increase capacity to 10 MGD in the future to handle growth. We maintain 244 miles of collector mains and have an intergovernmental agreement with Re-Wa (another regional sewer provider) to accept some of the flows from our system. We also have a pre-treatment program to help protect our system, our plant, and the environment.
CPW buys its power through the Piedmont Municipal Power Agency which owns 25% of Reactor II at the Catawba Nuclear Power Plant in York, SC. Our system has five substations operating 28 circuits. We have a distribution of over 12,000 volts and approximately 200 miles of overhead lines and 215 miles of underground lines. Our service area is approximately 33 square miles. In addition to a robust system, our community enjoys industry-leading electric system reliability. The average customer sees less than one minute of power loss each year, while the national average is 140 minutes.
CPW provides natural gas service to more than 21,000 customers stretching from southern Spartanburg County to the North Carolina line. Our system is made up of approximately 730 miles of intermediate and striation lines and 131 pressure reducing and regulating stations. CPW receives natural gas via the Transcontinental Gas Pipeline Corporation, with two gates receiving gas—one in Crescent, SC and one in Landrum, SC. Additionally, CPW has a Compressed Natural Gas Fueling station near its headquarters in downtown Greer.
Located between metropolitan Atlanta and Charlotte, Greer is one of the fastest growing cities in the Southeast. The Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport is located in Greer, helping to make it one of the most accessible communities—especially since GSP International is ranked one of the most convenient airports in the nation.
Our region accounts for $36.76 billion in annual Gross Regional Product, $52.22 billion in exports, and $43.90 billion in imports. Greer is home to the BMW Manufacturing Corporation, the South Carolina Inland Port, Mitsubishi Polyester Film, the Carotell Paperboard Corporation, Honeywell, and Springfield, LLC.
The area also boasts excellent transportation, warehousing, and distribution operations. In addition to the Port, Gateway International Business Center is located near BMW, one mile from I-85 and adjacent to GSP. The location of this business park makes Greer a desireable place for automobile and other technology firms.
Retail development has followed industrial and other commercial development in the area. The area has seen growth in major big box retail chains along the Wade Hampton Corridor. Greer's leaders are also planning for the future, with the next 15 years being set down in the community-based Greer Master Plan.
Greer’s Partnership for Tomorrow was formed to focus on Greer's future, and its team works to maintain a vibrant downtown. PFT looks for opportunities to enhance citizen quality of life, including new parks and plazas, streetscaping, and masterplanning. In conjunction with organizations like Greer Station Association, PFT and its members help create a viable and sustainable downtown environment.
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