Winthrop University Home Page
Menu Header

Office of Sustainability



Water is an important resource needed to sustain life and requires everyone to do his or her part to conserve.

Did you know that one faucet leaking one drip per minute will waste 104 gallons per year?! Ten drips per minute will waste nearly 2 gallons per day!

  • Always refill reusable water bottles or cups
  • Do not over-water indoor plants; pour unmelted ice from drinks on plants
  • Do not run water down drain while waiting for "colder" water to come through the tap
  • Reduce the waste of beverages and coffee by making and/or taking only what will be consumed before the end of the day
  • Store potable water in refrigerator

At Winthrop, strategies for conserving water have been applied in new construction as well as renovations.

At the Lois Rhame West Health, Physical Education, and Wellness Center, 196,000 gallons of water are saved annually via the use of pool water reclaim and reuse strategy. Also, use of low flow plumbing fixtures; shower heads, waterless urinals, sensor operated (hands-free) faucets and flash valves equates to a 35% reduction in water use thus saving over 400,000 gallons of water annually.

Campus-wide, 596,000 gallons of water reduced through reduction initiatives including installing low flow fixtures to replace old, less efficient toilets.

The Campus Green is actually an innovative storm water system installed to control flooding by managing storm water on Winthrop's campus.

Water - Campus Green After Storm

Rainwater cisterns can be used  to collect water in the garden or lawn when there is a concern about how potable water is being consumed. Recently, two small cisterns were added at the President's house to collect rainwater.

Water - Campus Cistern

© Winthrop University · 701 Oakland Avenue · Rock Hill, SC 29733, USA · 803/323-2211