South Carolina Water Utilities hires communications and government relations director

June 27, 2024

South Carolina Water Utilities Hires Communications and Government Relations Director

South Carolina Water Utilities welcomes Clara Thomas as communications and government relations director. After a recent merger which greatly increased the company’s connections and service territories across the state, Thomas will be the first person to serve in this role for the growing water and wastewater company.

Clara Thomas

Thomas will be responsible for creating and executing a strategy for educating and collaborating with the community, customers, stakeholders, state regulators, and elected officials. She will manage internal communications and events for the more than 120 employees statewide.

“Water is the world’s most precious resource and South Carolina Water Utilities is glad to have Clara’s expertise and capabilities devoted to educating the public about our systems, plans for the future, economic impacts, and the quality service that we provide,” said South Carolina President and CEO Craig Sorensen. “She has the experience, work ethic, and skills needed for this important position.”

A South Carolina native, Thomas joins South Carolina Water Utilities with more than 25 years of experience in government relations and communications. Thomas received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communications from the University of South Carolina, with a major in Public Relations and minor in Political Science.


South Carolina Water Utilities

South Carolina Water Utilities is the state’s largest investor-owned water and sewer utility company, with systems located across the state. The Company has over 65,000 connections, 120 employees, and manages over $365 million in assets. Some of the Company’s brands include Kiawah Island Utility, Palmetto Utilities, Callawassie Utility Company, Synergy Utilities, and Blue Granite. Headquartered in Columbia, South Carolina Water Utilities works to provide excellent customer service and to produce or reclaim clean water every day. The company has roots going back to the 1890s and is regulated by the South Carolina Public Service Commission.