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. 

Learn more about what we've done and what we're planning to do via the 2016-2021 Sustainability Action Plan (SAP). See pages 56-57 in the SAP for more details.

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're Working On

  • Drinking Water
    1. Install additional water bottle filling stations in high-traffic locations - ongoing, stations installed in Olin Library and Science Library in 2018-2019

What We've Done

  • 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. In 2012-13, the Sustainability Office, Center for the Arts’ Feet to the Fire Initiative, College of the Environment, and Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurship co-sponsored a student competition to design a portable filtered water station for use at outdoor events.  The Wishing Well debuted at Reunion and Commencement 2013 and now provides water at most outdoor events, reducing bottled water consumption by thousands of bottles annually.
    6. 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.
    7. 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!
    8. Facilities has worked with students to install "gooseneck" bottle filling stations in dorm kitchens to make bottle filling easier.  
  • Water Conservation
    1. In 2008, a pool cover was installed for Wesleyan’s indoor pool to prevent energy loss and evaporation when the pool is not in use.
    2. 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.  


Jennifer Kleindienst, Sustainability Director
(860) 685-3242