Your Home Town Utility

At BPW, we are more than just a Power, Water and Wastewater Utility. We are part of the community. Our Board of Commissioners is elected by the customers we serve. Its been that way since 1907. As a customer-owned utility, our decisions are made locally, that's what makes us responsive to you. Most of our employees are customers as well, and that drives them to provide nothing but the best in their responsibilities. Local Control, Local Service, Local Workers - That's what makes BPW Your Hometown Utility!

Enhanced Internet Information

Welcome to Gaffney BPW's new and exciting online information pages! We have always strived to give our customers the very best services possible, and our new look on the world wide web demonstrates that. We want only the best for our customers. That's why we want your suggestions about how we can make our online information the best it can be. If you have an idea or suggestion, please email us. 

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10 Easy Ways to Save Energy and Water:

  • Turn down the thermostat on your water heater to 120°F and insulate the water heater tank.
  • Keep your heating and cooling systems in tip-top shape. They run more efficiently and last longer.
  • When buying a new appliance, look for the most energy efficient in your price range.
  • Turn off the lights as you leave the room.
  • Use natural sunlight to light your home and warm up a room in the winter. In summer, use shades or drapes to keep your rooms cool.
  • Install a shower flow controller. It reduces the flow of water without diminishing the shower spray.
  • Fix leaky faucets quickly. One drip per second wastes about 6,000 gallons of water a year.

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Frozen Plumbing Tips

 When the temperature drops near or below freezing, frozen pipes can become a real problem for homeowners. Gaffney BPW urges everyone to take some precautions to avoid a costly winter problem.

Preventing Frozen Pipes

  • Exposed pipes are most susceptible to freezing. Outside pipes should have faucet covers or be covered with insulation in some way. Hoses should be disconnected and put away for winter as they are an easy access route for cold air.
  • In some cases, pipes can be wrapped with heat tape. Warm water can be allowed to drip overnight from a faucet, and cabinet doors should be opened to allow heat to get to uninsulated pipes.
  • Make sure the service line between the meter and your house is not exposed. It should be buried at least 18 inches deep.

Dealing With Frozen Plumbing

When your precautions fail, and your pipes are frozen, try these tips to get water moving again.

  • Pipes can be thawed with warm air from a hair dryer, using caution. Warm the pipe as close to the faucet as possible, working toward the coldest section of pipe.
  • Do not use electrical appliances in areas of standing water and do not try to thaw a pipe with an open flame.
  • If your efforts are unsuccessful, faucets should be left turned on and a plumber should be called.
  • If water pipes have frozen and burst, water should be turned off at the main shut-off valve located at the meter. In some dwellings, the shut-off valve is close to the house where the water service line ties into the household system.

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