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As thousands across Spartanburg pledge their commitment to make the switch from bottled water to fresh, local tap water, recently announced funding from the Mary Black Foundation injects new energy into the fast-growing Choose Tap movement.
Spartanburg Water will use the $15,000 grant to make additional investments in Choose Tap, a new program that encourages city residents to “live, love and drink local.” By driving access to tap water, as well as water education, Choose Tap aims to improve the community’s shared health outcomes and inspire pride and confidence in local resources.
Choose Tap was developed as an innovative response to Spartanburg’s Way to Wellville, a 10-year initiative launched to encourage the community to “be bold, be brave, be well” to improve our shared health. Spartanburg was one of only five in the country selected to participate in the program, guided by a focused effort to drive wellness-based improvements in several target areas, including obesity prevention and community pride.
“These funds are more than simple dollars and cents—they are a validation of our commitment to Way to Wellville and an inspiration to carry forward with the Choose Tap message,” said Sue G. Schneider, Spartanburg Water’s chief executive officer. “By simply drinking tap water, we can improve the health of Spartanburg, and strengthen the pride and confidence our residents have in this community and all it has to offer.”
Choose Tap builds on the energy of the Wellville effort and illustrates the mission and spirit of the Mary Black Foundation, said Molly Talbot-Metz, its vice president of programs.
“Spartanburg Water has already demonstrated its role as a leader and an innovator, and with Choose Tap they have responded to the community’s needs with a creative program that will only strengthen our journey on Way to Wellville,” Metz said. “Water is the way to wellness.”
ABOUT CHOOSE TAP: Choose Tap by Spartanburg Water promotes the value of tap water by encouraging the community to consider the significant benefits to turning on the tap. Tap water is more convenient, more affordable and more environmentally friendly than pre-packaged bottled water. To learn more, visit www.choosetapwater.org
ABOUT THE MARY BLACK FOUNDATION: The Mary Black Foundation is a private foundation established to improve the health of Spartanburg County, South Carolina. Since 2003, the Foundation’s work has centered on advancing two priority areas: Early Childhood Development and Healthy Eating and Active Living. To learn more, visit www.maryblackfoundation.org
ABOUT SPARTANBURG WATER: Spartanburg Water, an award-winning utility, is comprised of Spartanburg Water System and Spartanburg Sanitary Sewer District. It serves a population of more than 180,000 within Spartanburg County, as well as others in parts of Greenville, Union and Cherokee counties. With the help of its dedicated team of more than 250 employees, each day it produces an average of 30 million gallons of drinking water and cleans 12 million gallons of reclaimed water for its customers and community. To learn more, visit www.spartanburgwater.org
ABOUT WAY TO WELLVILLE: Way to Wellville is a challenge: to develop new and innovative solutions that amplify and accelerate community health. Sponsored by HICCup, The Way to Wellville will improve health outcomes in five places through five focus areas in five years. Spartanburg is one of five communities in the nation chosen to participate. The Way to Wellville will inspire everyone in our community to create changes that lead to better health. To learn more, visit www.spartanburgwellville.com