ReWa Mission, Vision and Values
Enhancing our community’s quality of life by transforming wastewater into renewable resources through responsible and innovative solutions.
Through the passion of our workforce, ReWa will be a community partner and an industry leader safeguarding our water environment for future generations.
ReWa’s core values are professionalism, unity, integrity and trust, safety, accountability and dedication.
Since 1925, Renewable Water Resources (ReWa) has been committed to providing high quality wastewater treatment services to the Upstate of South Carolina. ReWa’s goal is to promote a cleaner environment, and to protect the public health and water quality of the Upstate waterways, while developing the necessary sewer infrastructure.
ReWa has eight water resource recovery facilities (WRRF), 343 miles of collection lines, and services Greenville County and portions of Anderson, Laurens, Pickens, and Spartanburg Counties. In addition to keeping our Upstate waterways free of contaminants, we are continually making system improvements to meet increasingly stringent environmental regulations. This continual improvement means we are responsible for the health, rehabilitation, and replacement of aged sections of our current system to proactively help protect the aquatic environments of three Upstate waterways: the Reedy, Saluda, and Enoree River Basins.
We seek to promote a cleaner environment through our treatment process, which means that in addition to treating wastewater and replenishing our Upstate rivers and streams, we are continuously seeking new ways to recycle our by-products. Furthermore, the clean water can be used for irrigation of recreational areas such as golf courses, and ultimately conserves our drinking water. ReWa uses clean water to irrigate the lawn at its administration building as well as multiple uses at our WRRF.
Our recycling initiatives are key to water preservation and include a biosolids program allowing farmers to utilize a safe organic material that is a by-product of the wastewater treatment process as an agricultural fertilizer.
As you might imagine, cleaning wastewater is both complex and expensive. Each day, approximately 42 million gallons of wastewater travel through 343 miles of trunk sewer lines to eight WRRF. At these WRRF, the water is cleaned as it passes through a series of biological and chemical processes. Once the recycled water meets environmental standards, ReWa returns the water to area rivers and streams for future use.
We feel it is important for public utilities to evaluate how they can become more effective, especially in the face of certain challenges, like aging infrastructure and increasingly stringent regulatory requirements. Recognizing this need, we adopted the effective utility management strategies as developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in conjunction with six national water and wastewater associations.
We are implementing these strategies throughout all organizational levels. You can learn more about the Ten Attributes of Effectively Managed Water Sector Utilities and Five Keys to Management Success by downloading the Effective Utility Management Primer.
The incremental customer rate structure covers ReWa’s increasing financial obligations, which include operations and maintenance, as well as capital improvements. ReWa does not receive funds from local or state taxes. All expenditures are funded through a combination of user fees, state revolving loans, and revenue debt issues.