Alphabet Inc.’s Google aims to store 20 percent more water than its offices and data centers can by 2030, the company said on Thursday, addressing concerns about water-deficient tech facilities amid a record drought.
Google’s Chief Sustainability Officer Kate Brandt wrote in a blog post, “We are promising a water management goal to offset more water consumption by 2030 and support water security in communities where We work.” “This means Google will fill, on average, 120 percent of the water we consume in our offices and data centers.”
Google consumed 3.4 billion gallons of water in 2019, its most recent disclosure. The company told Reuters it has yet to begin tracking replenishment rates. But it said its 20 per cent target reflects what is needed to bring areas with high or extreme water scarcity back to normal levels.
Google uses water to cool the plethora of computers in its data centers that store and process search queries, YouTube videos and other data. Researchers say a change is needed as climate change worsens drought conditions around the world. The Mountain View, California-based company has data centers located around the world.
Google plans to reach its new goal by using less water in its buildings and then helping with conservation in surrounding communities, where water is particularly scarce.
Google’s new measures include collecting stormwater to flush toilets and funding the removal of water-hungry invasive plants. In Southern California, Google is helping low-income dwellings install toilet leak-detection technology, cut waste and cycle water through plumbing systems.
Google will continue to help vendors reduce consumption, it said.
A year ago Microsoft Corp. and last month Facebook Inc. both announced goals to be water positive by 2030, without specifying replenishment targets.
Google said in September 2020 that it planned to run its offices and data centers on carbon-free energy round the clock by 2030.
by Paresh Dave
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times