Spartanburg Water prepares for increasing drought conditions in the Landrum area

Published 10:00 pm Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Utility plans drill this week to test effectiveness, ensure steady supply of quality drinking water

As the region continues to feel the effects of a near record-breaking lack of rain, Spartanburg Water is working with our water supply partners to prepare for increasing drought conditions, all to ensure a steady supply of clean, safe drinking water to the Landrum community.

Spartanburg Water has partnered with Blue Ridge Rural Water System to create a standby connection that is available to supplement the local water supply during those infrequent times when the Landrum Water Treatment plant is unable to easily meet local demand.

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In preparation for any event that may require us to use this connection, we will exercise the system beginning Thursday, Dec. 1, for a period of at least 24 hours, and up to 48 hours.

This drill will allow Spartanburg Water’s team to test the effectiveness of the supplemental standby connection for any later full activation. The test will conclude by Dec. 3, and normal operations will be restored.

These test efforts will have no effect on the safety of the drinking water we provide. However, as the water from Blue Ridge Rural Water System blends with water from our Landrum plant, the water chemistry could shift.

As a result, drinking water may develop a noticeable chlorine odor, similar to a swimming pool. Although some might detect this odor, we can assure you the water is safe to drink.

Our team is available to answer any questions about this process, or about your water. For questions or to speak with Customer Service, please call our toll-free number at 877-797-7773 or visit

– article submitted by Chad Erik Lawson