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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. It's 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!
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As part of its community investment, the Board offers several recreational facilities for Cherokee Count residents. These facilities include Lake Whelchel with its picnic facilities, boat landing, walking trail and our rifle and pistol range. Please call (864) 488-8800 for more information on these facilities.
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The Board has a total treatment capacity of 18 million gallons of water per day. In addition to over 200 miles of water lines, the Board has four above ground storage tanks, including the Peachoid, and 2 million gallons of ground level storage.
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At BPW, we are committed to providing high-quality, professional service to all of our customers. Our customer service representatives are fully trained in our policies and procedures and are knowledgeable about every aspect of the utility services offered by BPW. They can accept your payment, set up a new account for customers who are moving, help you understand your bill, or arrange a service call with one of our field technicians. Friendly and helpful, our customer service team provides the personal connection that makes BPW Your Home Town Utility.
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Gaffney Board of Public Works has been awarded a $50,000,000 grant for “Project Gateway,” a major infrastructure initiative that will bring sewer service to the eastern part of Cherokee County along Interstate 85. The special economic development grant, designated by the South Carolina Department of Commerce pursuant to Act 244 of 2022, is federally funded through the American Rescue Plan Act. The grant will be administered by the South Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority (RIA).
In order to combat a years-long algae bloom problem in Lake Whelchel, BPW officials have turned to an unconventional method – installing floating wetlands. A growing science, floating wetlands are large mats that contain a variety of plants and are anchored into bodies of water. The mats float on top of the water, but over time, the plants grow by extracting nutrients from the water. Some of these nutrients cause algae to bloom, which has been a thorn in Lake Whelchel’s side for the past three years. In fact, BPW officials were forced to shut down Lake Whelchel, which is our county’s primary water source, to boaters and fishers in the summers of 2019 and 2021. During that time, BPW water operators implemented additional treatment procedures to maintain normal water taste and odor until the algae were eliminated. But in order to be proactive, Water Superintendent Bryant Fleming and Lab Director Zane Knight decided to look for a better solution this year.
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The Gaffney BPW now offers the convenience of online payment of your utility bill through our online system. You must have your new account number and last bill amount in order to register.
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