Apple’s massive recycled water project for ‘spaceship’ Campus 2 approved

“The Santa Clara Valley Water District board Tuesday night approved a $17.5 million project that will deepen the use of recycled water in the parched South Bay and make Apple’s futuristic new campus a little bit greener,” Julia Love reports for The San Jose Mercury News.

“Funded in part by the iPhone maker, the project underscores local tech companies’ drive to stay green as they dramatically expand their footprints in the Bay Area, following a recently announced investment in solar energy by Apple and wind energy by Google,” Love reports. “Apple catalyzed talks among the various water stakeholders in the area, making plain its desire to use recycled water on its new campus, said Katherine Oven, deputy operating officer of the water district. ‘Apple drove this project,’ she said. ‘It really is a true partnership of both public and private agencies.'”

“As the California drought intensifies, recycled water — sewage that is filtered and disinfected — has become an increasingly popular option, particularly on golf courses and other landscapes that require extensive irrigation. Apple Campus 2 will join a variety of sites in the South Bay using recycled water, including Levi’s Stadium, which uses recycled water to flush toilets and keep the playing field green,” Love reports. “About 3 percent of the pipeline’s capacity will be devoted to Apple, which is the only company so far that has committed to the project, Butler said. The company is contributing $4.8 million to the project, with the rest of the more than $17 million tab footed by the city of Sunnyvale, the California Water Service Company, the Department of Water Resources and the water district.”

Read more in the full article here.

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Our Maiden, North Carolina, data center employs an innovative cooling system that reuses water 35 times, resulting in a 20 percent reduction in overall water consumption at the data center.

At our facilities that receive less dependable rainfall, we’ve installed sophisticated irrigation systems that monitor local weather conditions and soil moisture, which led to a 40 percent reduction in landscape watering. At some facilities, we’ve achieved further reductions thanks to drought‑tolerant landscaping and drip irrigation.

In 2013, we made a number of water improvements at our Cupertino headquarters. We converted over six acres of landscaping to climate‑adapted, drought‑tolerant plants and retrofitted the irrigation system to optimize water savings. We replaced over 36,000 square feet of turf with drought‑tolerant plants, which is expected to save over 3 million gallons of water each year. And we recycled 4214 cubic yards of landscape mulch to use onsite, which increases soil moisture and reduces overall water demand.

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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “BD” for the heads up.]


  1. California’s golf course thirst is an abomination in a state where they receive little rainfall. It is possible to golf on desert terrain with indigenous plants. I am sickened by Nevada and California using so much water and then telling us to use less because it is ‘good for mother earth’.

  2. I am very glad that Apple takes its role as a corporate citizen so seriously. I am hopeful that Apple’s size and reputation may help to sway the viewpoints and behaviors of other companies, and even private citizens. We could do so much better in the U.S. than our current level of recycling and conservation. Products need to be designed for recycling and people must be driven to participate through incentives, penalties, or a combination of the two. Given the large and increasing human population, wasteful behavior shows wanton disrespect to future generations.

    Even in areas that currently enjoy abundant fresh water supplies, we need to conserve water. Wasteful consumption of resources should always be avoided. Intelligent conservation and reuse of resources benefits everyone.

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