Wesleyan is all about keeping you hydrated and saving water.  We've installed low-flow water fixtures in most bathrooms, don't sell bottled water, and have drinking fountains and bottle filling stations in most large campus buildings.  For outdoor events, the Wishing Well, a portable filtered water station, can be set up to provide water. 

Did you know?

The City of Middletown's annual water quality reports indicate that Middletown's water is within compliance for all tested contaminants. 


What We've Done

  • Water Conservation
    1. Conducted an audit on water conservation measures.
    2. Installed water sensors in outdoor irrigation to reduce unnecessary water usage.
    3. In 2011, Wesleyan replaced high flow toilets, flush valves, faucets, and showerheads with low-flow models, reducing consumption by over 13 million gallons annually, over 50 percent of total water consumption.  
  • Drinking Water
    1. In 2012, the Wesleyan Student Assembly passed a resolution requesting the removal of bottled water from vending machines, dining establishments, and offices.  Subsequently, Wesleyan ceased the sale of bottled water in all university-controlled locations.
    2. Office water coolers have been replaced with water filtration systems in all but two campus offices (where piped water access is not available). Water filtration stations are also available in several public locations, including Woodhead Lounge.
    3. Water bottle filling stations and/or drinking fountains are available in nearly every campus building. In collaboration with the Sustainability Office, Oliver Goodman ’18 and Lianne Yun ’18 created a water fountain and bottle filling station map so that locations without suitable water access can be identified.
    4. Offices wishing to purchase reusable water bottles for events and guests may do so through the Purchasing Office, which attempts to consolidate orders for better pricing.  If a department wishes to purchase bottles in small quantities (<50), the Sustainability Office has extra bottles for sale for $1 each. Contact Jen Kleindienst to inquire.
    5. Beginning in 2013, Reunion and Commencement has been bottled water free with the help of reusable bottles and recyclable or compostable cups.  Unwanted bottles are washed and reused.
    6. Don't have a reusable water bottle?  They can be purchased at Usdan and Pi Cafés, Cardinal Technology Store, and the Wesleyan bookstore. Don't forget to bring your bottle with you!
    7. Facilities has worked with students to install "gooseneck" bottle filling stations in dorm kitchens to make bottle filling easier.  
  • Wishing Well Portable Outdoor Water Stations

    The Sustainability Office, Center for the Arts, Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship, and the College of the Environment co-sponsored a student competition to design a mobile water station in the 2012-13 academic year, which is now used at Reunion & Commencement, Homecoming/Family Weekend, and other outdoor events. The Wishing Well reduces bottled water consumption by thousands of bottles annually.

    Borrowing the Wishing Well

    On-campus departments and student groups may borrow the two (2) Wishing Wells.  Both are under management of Bon Appetit and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.  Please contact Michael Strumpf for more information or to reserve.

    Contest history

    For the competition, student teams created designs for Wesleyan’s own water station.  Contest participants could work individually or in teams to develop designs for the water stations, following guidelines to ensure that the finished product would meet Wesleyan’s needs.  Students had the opportunity to consult with faculty, staff, and alumni to receive guidance as they created their designs.  Teams worked closely with the Wesleyan Machine Shop to ensure that their designs were buildable.  A judging panel chose the winning team's design, The Wishing Well, which was built by the Machine Shop.  Team members Madeleine O’Brien '16, Nina Gerona '15, Brent Packer '15, and Tavo True-Alcalá '15 collaborated with the Machine Shop and the Center for the Arts on their design and developing signage.  The team members were honored with a $1,000 prize at an award ceremony in May 2013.


Jen Kleindienst, Sustainability Director