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Google Pledges To Be Water Positive By 2030

Sun Sep 12 2021

Google pledges to be ‘water positive’ by 2030 and joins other giant tech firms in a positive race to carbon neutrality

Google is the latest tech firm to announce its pledge to water conservation, stating one of its new long-term goals will be to replenish more water than it consumes by 2030 at a rate of 120%.

Like all other data centres currently in operation, Google has to use a lot of freshwater to cool its servers, contributing to its overall environmental impact.

As part of its pledge, Google will be seeking to source freshwater alternatives with one option being…

 

A firm in Douglas County, Georgia is already using reclaimed wastewater to keep their servers running.

Google will also utilise storm water wherever possible, especially at its offices, where it plans to use if for activities that don’t require potable water like toilet flushing and landscape irrigation.

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Last September, we announced our third and most ambitious decade of climate action and laid out our plan toward a carbon-free future. Building on this commitment, we are pledging to a water stewardship target to replenish more water than we consume by 2030 and support water security in communities where we operate

Kate Brandt, Google Chief Sustainability Officer

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The company is looking to replenish at least 120% of the water it consumes across their data centres and offices. It’s hoped to be achieved with better water management, improved replenishment of local water systems and the sharing of tools and technology to prevent adding to water stress in different parts of the world.

 

Google will also be investing in community projects to address local watershed challenges in communities that house its offices and data centres.

Kate Brandt highlighted a project currently running with the Colorado River Native American Tribes as an example, where they’re cutting down the amounts of water taken from Lake Mead.

 

Facebook have also pledged to be ‘water positive’ (replenishing more water than consumed) by 2030.

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