Greenville Water and The Nature Conservancy Raised a Glass of Water to Celebrate 20 Year Partnership

Representative Trey Gowdy toasts to enhanced Upstate quality of life

Greenville, SC | November 07, 2013

Last night Greenville Water and The Nature Conservancy raised a glass of some of the nation’s finest tasting water in celebration of their 20 Year Partnership to conserve the 30,000 acres of healthy forests that provide Greenville with safe, reliable, inexpensive drinking water. In 2011, in an annual national blind taste test sponsored by the American Water Works Association, Greenville Water earned the title of “best tasting water in America.” That came as no surprise to Greenville residents, who have often thought of their water as the gold standard.

In fact, according to Greenville Water, who put the Table Rock Reservoir into service in the 1930s followed by the Poinsett Reservoir 30 years later, regular monitoring has detected virtually no loss of water quality in these two lakes over the history of their use as a water supply. In 1993, the Nature Conservancy joined Greenville Water in accepting the responsibility of protecting the watershed and water supply for today and into the future.

Business leaders, government officials, and members of the Upstate community gathered at the Poinsett Club Thursday night to celebrate the 20th anniversary of this achievement to conserve clean drinking water for the greater Greenville area. US Representative Trey Gowdy acknowledged what a clean and abundant water supply has meant for the quality of life and economic development of the Upstate, remarking, “"Greenville Water’s decision 20 years ago to partner with the Nature Conservancy has paid off—and not just in taste. Thanks to advance planning and foresight, Greenville has cost-effective, clean and reliable drinking water—without needing chemically altered, expensive treatments. I am proud to see the Upstate leading the way in innovative thinking. Thank you to The Nature Conservancy and Greenville Water for their work to help create a place people want to live and work.” 

Deb Sofield, chair of the Greenville Water Commission, spoke on behalf of Greenville Water. Deb remarked. “Greenville Water is never satisfied with remaining stagnant. As our predecessors had the foresight and vision for securing our water supplies, today’s Commission has focused on keeping them viable and healthy. More than simply celebrating these accomplishments, we commissioned The Nature Conservancy to develop a Wildfire Response plan and a Natural Resource Management plan for our properties. Together, we are working to do even more to ensure a clean and abundant water supply.”
Thanking Greenville Water for their years of service and partnership, The Nature Conservancy’s State Director, Mark Robertson, presented Deb Sofield and David Bereskin, CEO of Greenville Water, with a plaque honoring them and their forward thinking approach to water management, which recognizes that healthy forests provide clean water. Robertson noted, “Greenville Water is leading by doing. Their understanding of the relationship between healthy forests and clean water has benefitted South Carolina’s economy and quality of life.” 

BMW co-sponsored this event.

The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the web at To learn about the Conservancy’s global initiatives, visit To keep up with current Conservancy news, follow @nature_press on Twitter.

Contact information

Mark Robertson
Executive Director, The Nature Conservancy, South Carolina Chapter
(803) 254-9049


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