The Commission is composed of five Commissioners, three elected for staggered six-year terms, and two Ex-officio Commissioners, consisting of the Mayor and one City Council Member. All Commissioners serve without remuneration. Elected Commissioners are Chair Phillip A. Kilgore, Vice-Chair James W. Bannister, and Deb M. Sofield. Ex-officio members are Mayor Knox H. White and Council Member J. David Sudduth. The Commission is the policy-making body and approves all major operating procedures, expenditures, capital improvements, rates and charges and makes recommendations to City Council for the issuance of bonds. It also appoints the organization’s Chief Executive Officer. As a matter of policy, the Commission continually reviews recommendations of management relating to capital improvements, water usage trends and projections, along with revenue requirements to meet these needs.
Management: Greenville Water’s Chief Executive Officer, David H. Bereskin, is responsible for the day-to-day operations and management of Greenville Water. Bereskin was appointed to his position as Chief Executive Officer in January, 2011, and is a graduate engineer and a registered civil engineer. Phillip L. Robey was hired as Chief Financial Officer in October 2012, and is a Certified Public Accountant with more than 20 years of experience in the areas of public and private finance. Rebecca West, Chief Operations Officer, joined Greenville Water in 2016, and holds an Biology degree to go with over 28 years of water utility experience.
General Operations: Greenville Water has a staffing level of 245 employees including engineers, accountants, chemists, skilled office workers, State-certified water treatment plant operators, skilled mechanics, maintenance technicians and equipment operators to indicate the range of expertise represented.
Greenville Water has three water sources: Table Rock Reservoir, North Saluda Reservoir, and Lake Keowee. Water from Table Rock and North Saluda is treated at the Stovall Plant, which was placed into operation in 2000. Water from Lake Keowee is treated at the Adkins Plant, completed in 1985. The system is also equipped with 27 tanks and 19 pump stations.
The main office, housing management offices, customer service, information technology, accounting, billing, field services and engineering, was constructed at 407 West Broad Street in 1991.
Greenville Water Divisions
The Engineering Division is responsible for design and inspection of water main installations within the distribution system, plan review for new developments, administration of the cross connection control program, development and execution of the capital improvement program, maintenance of a state-of-the-art GIS program, and maintenance and operation of a robust hydraulic modeling program.
The Field Operations Division is responsible for repair, rehabilitation, and preventative maintenance work on the distribution system, including a proactive leak detection program, a valve exercising and fire hydrant maintenance program, and a pipe locating program. The Field Operations team is comprised of approximately 50 employees responsible for maintaining approximately 2,800 miles of pipe for 170,000 account holders.
The Water Resources Division is comprised of the Laboratory, Treatment Plants, Maintenance and Watershed Protection departments. The Laboratory Department performs required bacteriological and chemical analysis daily on the samples from the treatment plants and the distribution system in order to ensure water quality compliance with the standards of the Federal EPA and the State Department of Health and Environmental Control. State-Certified personnel of the Treatment Plants are responsible for water treatment operations. Watershed personnel protect and maintain the system’s watershed and miles of transmission pipeline rights of way. The Maintenance Department ensures efficient performance of plant mechanical equipment, distribution pump stations and tanks.
The Business Services Division serves as the primary interface with our customer base and is comprised of Field Services, Customer Service, and Billing. The Field Services department is responsible for all aspects of our AMR program, testing and repairing meters, and Field Customer Service. The Customer Service section takes customer calls pertaining to a variety of issues from bill payment, billing inquiries, reporting of leaks, requests for turn on and turn off, etc. The Billing Department maintains customer account accuracy by auditing imported reads from meters, performing system calculations, and inserting/mailing customer invoices.
The Finance Division maintains all financial records involving operations and plant accounting, and is responsible for accounts payable and receivable functions. Oversight of other sections include procurement, maintaining material and supply inventories, servicing and maintaining Greenville Water’s facilities, vehicles, and equipment; and Information Technology.
The Human Resources Division is responsible for Greenville Water’s Human Capital. As such, it is our aim to be innovators by providing excellence in the delivery of programs and services to support our customers in all areas. Our goals can only be achieved by partnering with all departments and employees to hire, compensate, support, and develop a diverse workforce that is dedicated and focused on delivering high-quality service to our community.