Honors, Awards, & Voluntary Programs
Our dedicated and knowledgeable staff has helped establish Charleston Water System as an award-winning utility. We're proud of the numerous awards we've received, from the 2011 SC Governor's Quality Award to being named one of the Best Places to Work in South Carolina!
10 Year Directors Award, Partnership for Safe Water Program, 2013
Charleston Water System is a member of the Partnership for Safe Water Program, a voluntary program for water treatment plants that commit to treating water beyond what's required by regulations. The program focuses on filtration effectiveness, and the Directors Award recognizes utilities that have achieved the highest levels of performance assessed against performance goals. Our Hanahan Water Treatment Plant was recognize for meeting these performance goals for ten years.
Platinum Peak Performance Award, NACWA, 2012
The National Association of Clean Water Agencies' (NACWA’s) Peak Performance Awards recognize wastewater treatment plants for outstanding compliance of their National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit limits. This recognition program consists of three categories – Platinum, Gold and Silver. Charleston Water System's Plum Island Wastewater Treatment Plant received the Platinum Award in 2012 for five consecutive years of perfect permit compliance.
Best Places to Work in South Carolina, 2011 - 2016
Charleston Water System was named one of the Best Places to Work in SC in the large company category for six consecutive years. The award recognizes the state's best employers based on an application process that includes an employee survey. Learn more.
Commendation of Excellence Award (Safety), SC Chamber of Commerce, 2009 - Present
Charleston Water was recognized for our low lost time case rate and commitment to safety.
South Carolina Governor's Quality Award, 2011
The Governor’s Quality Award is South Carolina's top honor for organizations that achieve performance excellence by implementing the Malcolm Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence. Read the press release.
ISO 14001 Certification, 1999 - Present
In 1999, Charleston Water System became the first public water and wastewater utility in the nation to earn certification under ISO 14001, the standard for environmental management. Learn more about our certification and Environmental Management System (EMS).
Silver Achiever Award, SC Quality Forum, 2009
This award recognizes organizations that have achieved significant progress toward implementing the Malcolm Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence.
National Environmental Achievement Award, NACWA, 2009
Our Wastewater Collection Department received this award for it's< Infiltration/Inflow Reduction Project, which involved systematically finding and eliminating sources of entry of rainwater and groundwater into the West Ashley sewer system, which takes up needed capacity in wastewater pipes and can cause sewer overflows during heavy rain events. As a result of the I/I Reduction Project, Charleston Water System saw a 100% reduction in wet weather sewer overflows over a three-year period.
Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting, GFOA
Charleston Water has received this award, sponsored by the Government Finance Officer's Association (GFOA), for the last 22 years for our Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports (CAFRs). View our financial reports
South Carolina Environmental Excellence Program (SCEEP) Award
The SCEEP is a voluntary initiative designed to recognize and reward South Carolina facilities that have demonstrated superior environmental performance through pollution prevention, energy and resource conservation, and the use of an environmental management system. Charleston Water was accepted as a member of the program in 2004 based on our Environmental Management System (EMS) and commitment to continually improving the environment. The SCEEP program is administered by the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC).
Area Wide Optimization Program (AWOP) Excellence Award, 2008 & 2004
The AWOP program, sponsored by SCDHEC, recognizes water utilities for optimizing water treatment beyond what's required by regulations, specifically particle removal and disinfection. Learn more about AWOP.
Palmetto Award, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), 2008
Charleston Water System received this award for engineering work on a 40-inch directionally drilled water line from North Charleston to East Cooper.
Award of Merit, SC State Historical Records Advisory Board, 2008
Charleston Water System has a rich history, and our efforts to preserve historical documents and provide access to these earned us the this award. View the award description on the SC State Historical Records Advisory Board's web site.
AMWA National Gold Award, 2005
Charleston Water System is one of seven water utilities in the nation to receive the National Gold Award from the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA), a prestigious award recognizing competitiveness in the utility business.
EPA Region IV Safe Drinking Water Act Excellence Award, 2005
The EPA presents this prestigious award annually to three utilities in Region IV (the southeastern US) in the categories of small, medium, and large water systems. The award is based on regulatory compliance, operation and maintenance excellence, customer service, and management. Charleston Water System received the 2005 Excellence Award in the Large Surface Water System category. Charleston Water received the same award in 2000.
Certificate of Safety Achievement, 2005
In 2005, Charleston Water System earned this prestigious award for the third time in eight years. The SC Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation, issues the award recognizing one million hours worked without a lost time injury or illness. That translates into sixteen months with no injury or illness among all of Charleston Water's 420 associates. In March 2005, our safety program received the Commendation of Excellence Award from the SC Chamber of Commerce for no lost time injuries in 2004.
NACWA Excellence in Management Award, 2004
The National Association of Clean Water Agencies, formerly the Association of Metropolitan Sewerage Agencies (AMSA), presented Charleston Water with the Excellence in Management Award in 2004. Charleston Water was one of 38 wastewater utilities nationwide to receive the award, which recognizes utilities that have successfully implemented progressive management initiatives to address the wide range of challenges facing the industry, including pollution prevention, system capacity and reliability, operations and maintenance, and leveraging technology.
Trident United Way Family Friendly Workplace Award, 2004
Charleston Water was honored by the Trident United Way for offering family friendly policies and services to our associates.
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