Saving water with cloud technology

The World Economic Forum has forecast that the global demand for water will exceed supply by 40%, by 2030 based on current consumption.

Many of us already try to make a difference in the way we consume water, but how can we translate that to our businesses? Using Public Cloud technology to reduce water scarcity is one of the ways we can achieve this.

Over the past two years, Amazon Web Services has become a world leader in reducing water usage and is committed to becoming water positive by 2030, returning more water to communities than it uses in its direct operations.

AWS has become the leader among cloud providers with a global water use efficiency metric of 0.25 litres of water per kilowatt-hour; and with its global footprint, AWS are able to partner with local businesses and governments to implement further water resourcing solutions.

In Oregon, AWS has implemented a solution for recycling the water used to cool its data centres; Investing in miles of pipeline to deliver the water to existing irrigation canals, 96% of the discharged cooling water from AWS data centres can be safely reused in nearby communities.

In Virginia, California, and Singapore AWS is using recycled water to cool 20 of its data centres. By using water, already treated as waste, AWS is helping to preserve high-quality drinking water for local communities.

In locations where AWS is able to become directly involved in local water management, there is potential to make millions of gallons of additional water each year available for agriculture and local communities.

Aws also supports water replenishment projects in regions where it operates. This includes bringing clean water, sanitation, and hygiene services to water-deprived communities. 2.4 billion litres of water are returned to communities annually from replenishment projects.

AWS is constantly innovating to increase water efficiency throughout its infrastructure; this includes analysing water use in real time to identify and fix leaks. The same technology is also used to detect when outside air can be used for cooling instead of water. AWS data centres in Ireland and Sweden maintain cooling without using water for 95% of the year.

Water Positive by 2030

In 2022, Amazon Web Services announced Water+, its commitment to being water positive by 2030. That means returning more water to communities and the environment than is used in its data centre operations.

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