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Adobe has cut its landscaping water use by 93 percent since 2001, and has reduced overall water consumption by 58% since 2011. Today, Adobe is ranked among the most water productive companies on earth, earning over $70k per cubic meter of water used. From Low-tech conservation fixtures, such as faucet restrictors, water-free urinals and dual-flush toilets, to advanced irrigation and cooling technologies, Adobe proves conservation pays: Each of its recent water conservation projects have had an ROI of at least 80% within 18 months.
Anheuser-Busch has a long history of water conservation, reducing its water usage by more than 40 percent over the past 10 years at its Los Angeles and Fairfield breweries. In 2014 alone, water usage decreased by 9 percent at its Los Angeles brewery and 6.7 percent at Fairfield. These Californian breweries are on track to reduce water usage an additional 5 percent by the end of 2015, and the company has announced a further $20 million investment for water efficiency and treatment upgrades at its Los Angeles brewery. In August 2015, Shock Top, part of the Anheuser-Busch family, launched Shock the Drought, a water conservation campaign to help fight the drought in California. In partnership with Indiegogo and California water organizations, Shock Top is helping Shock the Drought by identifying and funding new water-saving inventions every month to help get them to CA residents and sharing fresh tips and tricks at Shockthedrought.com
AT&T is currently on target to reduce water use by 150 million gallons per year by the end of 2015, compared to a 2012 baseline. These savings are the result of an efficiency program we began in 2011 to identify ways for AT&T to reduce water use, known as the Water Scorecard. Through this program we found that cooling towers, which use evaporation to cool the offices and technical spaces that form the core of AT&T’s business, presented the largest opportunity for water savings. Building upon these learnings, in 2012, AT&T began collaborating with Environment Defense Fund (EDF) to develop an integrated scorecard and efficiency toolkit called WaterMAPP to help identify opportunities for improving water efficiency. One key finding was that the business case for water efficiency investment must include all cost savings such as water, sewer, and even electricity savings. AT&T has since used the WaterMAPP toolkit to guide installation of water saving technologies, such as free-air cooling, which often pay for themselves in less than two years. The WaterMAPP toolkit is available for any businesses who want to realize their own water savings – it may be downloaded for free at business.edf.org/water.
Comcast reduced water consumption in 2014 by nearly 25 percent over 2013 levels, saving 11 million gallons. Comcast’s largest source of savings was resulted from a 50% reduction in water used for landscaping purposes. The ongoing planting of drought tolerant flora will allow further reductions in water use for landscaping. Comcast was able to save an additional 25-40 thousand gallons per month by limiting vehicle washing during the summer months, and through capital investments in efficient plumbing fixtures such as motion faucets and waterless urinals. Comcast achieved additional savings through an aggressive employee awareness program which included sharing posters, newspaper articles and internal video programs. Beyond its own operations, Comcast is increasing drought awareness by airing public service announcements across Northern California from the state’s official Save Our Water campaign. The PSAs will air 500 times per month between April and October 2015.
Genentech’s recent five-year goals, completed in 2014, were to reduce our manufacturing water use by 10% per kg of product from 2009 levels and to reduce total non-manufacturing water by 10% over the same period. In five years, they’ve made great progress in improving water eefficiency in manufacturing facilities, which account for 60% of the SSF campus’ total water use. By 2014, they’ve reduced manufacturing water use by 87% per kg of product compared to 2009. While Genentech did not meet its non-manufacturing water reduction goal (achieving a 4% reduction), there was significant success in some areas, including a 25% reduction in irrigation usage between 2013 and 2014, despite the dry weather over that period. For the new 2020 goals, they’ve established a goal of 20% overall water reduction by 2020 compared to 2010 levels.
Since 2013, Intel has reduced its fresh water consumption and achieved a 33 percent reduction in water usage across its California sites – saving more than 80 million gallons a year – and has plans for further reductions. Intel has reduced water consumption at these sites through a variety of initiatives, including reductions in landscaping water usage from smart controllers and irrigation; cooling tower and chiller plant optimization; and using outside air for data center free cooling. Intel’s commitment to water conservation predates the California drought and is part of the company’s longstanding commitment to environmental sustainability. Since 1998, Intel has invested more than $220 million in water conservation programs at its global facilities, which has saved more than 48 billion gallons of water—enough to supply around 470,000 U.S. homes for an entire year. Intel works closely with local state, regulatory and other environmental organizations to help identify and prioritize future investments in water conservation and management systems. More information about Intel’s water conservation initiatives is available in the company’s 2014 Corporate Responsibility Report and its water policy.
Qualcomm has introduced responsible water management practices into its facilities, products and workplace. At Qualcomm’s headquarters, an advanced water treatment and cooling-tower system has reduced water consumption by 5.4 million gallons annually. In a collaboration with CH2M Hill, Qualcomm used machine-to-machine Smart Cities technology to reduce water leaks and theft in Saipan, a U.S. territory in the Northern Mariana Islands with 40,000 residents. The new system will enable Saipan to save $750K for each 10% of water use reduction achieved, while also improving water quality and reducing the water system’s energy demand. Internally, Qualcomm launched a drought awareness campaign on September 28, 2015, encouraging employees to commit to taking one or more water-saving actions over the following 30-days and providing practical water saving tips.