Rainwater Harvesting System
The turf field at Lancer Park and the field hockey and soccer fields at Johnston Drive are both equipped with rainwater harvesting systems. Rainwater runoff from the fields is collected in an underground storage tank and is reused to irrigate the fields, instead of using potable water. The turf field at Lancer Park has a 179,000 gallon tank and the fields at Johnston Drive have a 44,000 gallon tank.
Automated Sprinkler System
Longwood installed an automated sprinkler control system to improve the efficiency of the irrigation system and reduce unnecessary irrigation of campus grounds.
The campus has approximately 13,000 square feet of xeriscapes, which do not require irrigation thus conserving both water and money.
Stormwater Management Wetland
The stormwater management wetland at the corner of Race and Franklin Streets is designed to collect stormwater runoff from 69 acres of residential area adjacent to Longwood's campus. Stormwater runoff is precipitation, such as rain, snow and ice, that is not absorbed by the ground, but rather flows across the land picking up pollutants in its path. The water conveyed to this wetland is stored to reduce erosion, sedimentation, and flooding; plants reduce the amount of pollution infiltrating into groundwater or flowing into Gross Creek.