Access to water is a critical local issue in many of the water-stressed communities where we work and live. Reducing water use and managing this resource wisely is critical for people, the environment and the economy.
The network that forms the core of our business requires a controlled and cooled environment, and water is often critical to the cooling equipment we use to create those conditions. In 2012, our water use was 3.282 billion gallons of water, and together with Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), we engaged in a series of pilot projects to evaluate water efficiency opportunities.
As a result of those pilots, we found potential savings of 14-40 percent by implementing new technologies and using free air cooling. In order to scale savings, we created a toolkit that could save 28 billion gallons of water if adopted by U.S. companies.