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To read more about the sustainable practices at Winthrop University click on the individual topics listed above.  Each page contains general information about the various strategies implemented.  Clicking on the green highlighted items will link you to more detailed information.  


Sustainability & Water . .

Winthrop's water use . . .

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

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

Report all water leaks anywhere on campus immediately to Facilities management to x2261.

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

 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.

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.



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