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Why Wait... to save water

28 Sep 2015

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Qualcomm recognizes that water is a limited natural resource that is critical to our company, the communities where we operate and life on the planet. That’s why it is our intention to identify opportunities to optimize water efficiency, foster ongoing, transparent communication with our stakeholders and strive to continuously improve our water management practices.

Today I’m excited to announce that we are kicking off our employee water conservation campaign to help increase awareness about invisible water use and challenge our employees to use less water in their daily lives.

Our domestic water consumption—the water we use each day to shower, wash dishes and flush our toilets—makes up only a very small (but important) portion of the water that we consume each day. “Invisible water” is the water that goes into produce the food we eat, the beverages we drink and the products we buy.

How does the water pledge work? Our employees will have the opportunity to commit to doing one or more water-saving actions over the next thirty days: some address local water consumption, for example, employees can avoid washing their cars for the month, which would save approximately 150 gallons of water; others tackle invisible water, like eating vegetarian one day per week, which would save roughly 7,000 gallons this month alone.

We see this educational and engaging campaign as one of the many ways we can help promote water conservation around the world. In addition to what our employees are doing, Qualcomm is committed to responsible water management, both in our facilities and through our products. For example, in our facilities, we use a number of water-saving techniques. At our headquarters, we employ an advanced water treatment system that reduces the water used in the cooling towers of our new co-generation plant by more than 5.4 million gallons annually.

Our Smart Cities efforts are another way we promote responsible water use—Qualcomm Technologies Inc.'s collaboration with CH2MHill on water management in Saipan, a U.S. territory in the Northern Mariana Islands with 40,000 residents. We worked together to create a machine-to-machine (M2M) technology that keeps track of the water supply’s movement throughout the system—and more importantly, where it’s being lost.

The new system will not only enable Saipan to conserve water, saving $750K for each 10% reduction: the goal is to reduce loss associated with theft and leaking pipes by two-thirds over the next five years, which will save the community millions of dollars in energy costs and provide higher quality and availability of water.

You can learn more about our water stewardship efforts by reading our CDP Water Response, which will be published this month.

Want to get involved? Calculate your personal water footprint here, or join the conversation on social media using the hashtag #WhyWaitToSaveWater.

Elisabeth Best

Sustainability and Wireless Reach Program Manager

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