“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.
Water is the world’s most precious resource. At our own facilities, as well as those of our suppliers, we continue to look for ways to reduce water consumption during manufacturing, cooling, landscaping, and sanitation.
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.
To make sure our suppliers are part of our water conservation efforts, we’ve established the Clean Water Program. This initiative helps reduce water use, promote water recycling and reuse, and prevent illegal water pollution within our supply chain. – Apple Inc.
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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “BD” for the heads up.]