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GREER – The General Assembly of the State of South Carolina has officially declared the first Monday in March of each year as “Water Professionals Day,” beginning with the first observance on Monday, March 4, 2024.

Governor Henry McMaster recently signed the bill into law on Thursday, February 29th at the State House alongside Spartanburg Representatives Max Hyde and Roger Nutt as well as Spartanburg Senator Scott Talley. Dozens of utilities were on hand for the special occasion.

“Providing quality drinking water and wastewater services has been a long-standing commitment for more than 110 years in Greer, said Stephen Kennette, Greer CPW Water Operations Manager. I’m grateful employees are now receiving the recognition they deserve.”

Water Professionals Day will continue annually on the first Monday of March to spotlight drinking water, wastewater and stormwater industries and their dedication to serving their communities. It’s also a great opportunity to spotlight water filter and wastewater treatment plants operate 24/7 and the careers that come with the industry.

“Working in water distribution is sometimes challenging and dirty but one of the most rewarding careers. Quality water is the foundation for a thriving community and quality of life.  I’m honored to serve in a position that impacts us all,” said Derek Stewart, Greer CPW Distribution Supervisor.

Greer CPW currently serves 23,500 water connections plus approximately 13,600 connections through Blue Ridge Rural Water Company sending more than 10 million gallons of water per day to homes and businesses. At the Maple Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant, we serve approximately 15,000 customers and treat approximately 2.9 million gallons of wastewater per day.

“Water and wastewater professionals have immediate and long-term impacts on environmental and public health, said Daniel Fahr, Greer CPW Wastewater Operations Manager. We hope this recognition also serves as a reminder to protect the environment and support clean water programs.”