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Google Sets Target Of Replenishing 20% More Water Than It Uses By 2030

Google Sets Target Of Replenishing 20% More Water Than It Uses By 2030
Alphabet Inc's Google plans to replenish 20% of the water it uses in its offices and data centers by 2030, the company announced on Thursday. This is in response to concerns over water-guzzling tech facilities during record droughts.
In a blog post, Kate Brandt, Google Chief Sustainability Officer wrote that "We are pledging a water Stewardship Target to replenish more water than what we consume by 2030" and to support water security in the communities where we operate. This means that Google will replenish 120% on average of the water they consume across their offices and data centers.
In 2019, Google reported that it consumed 3.4 billion gallons of water. Reuters was told by the company that it hadn't yet begun tracking replenishment rates. It said that the 20% target reflects what it takes to restore water scarce areas to normal levels.

Google cools its data centers with water. It uses water to cool the stacks of computers that store search queries, YouTube videos, and other data. Research suggests that a paradigm shift is necessary as global droughts worsen. The data centers of Mountain View, California-based Data Centers are spread around the globe.
Google intends to achieve its new goal by using less water in its buildings, and then helping conservation in the surrounding communities. This will be especially important for those who have water shortages.
Google has announced new measures to collect stormwater and finance the removal of water-hungry invasives. Google even offers assistance to low-income homeowners in Southern California with toilet leak detection technology. This will reduce waste and maintain the water cycle through the plumbing systems.
It stated that Google will continue to assist vendors in reducing their consumption.
Microsoft Corp (FB.O) announced a year ago that it would be water-positive by 2030, but did not specify a replenishment target.
Google stated in September 2020 that it would run its data centers and offices on carbon-free energy 24 hours a day by 2030.

Christopher J. Mitchell

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