At AWS, we know that water is a precious resource. We are committed to being water positive by 2030 and making more water available to the communities where we operate. Our efforts to conserve and reuse water are happening across our on-site operations and in communities where we operate by working with nonprofit and public partners to support water availability.
In 2022, we announced Water+, our commitment to being water positive by 2030. That means we’ll return more water to communities and the environment than we use in our data center operations.
To do this, we’re increasing the use of sustainable water sources, improving water use efficiency across our operations, reusing water as much as possible, and supporting water replenishment projects for communities and the environment around the world.
There are four pillars of our water positive commitment: efficiency, sustainable sources, reuse in communities, and replenishment.
At AWS, we are investing in global projects to reduce the water footprint of our data centers and expand water availability in the communities where we operate. There are 20 AWS data centers using recycled water for cooling. Once all of our current replenishment projects are complete, they will return nearly 2.4 billion liters of water each year to communities and the environment.
In addition to constant innovation and the capabilities unlocked by AWS tools and resources, becoming water positive also requires hard work and commitment of many of our employees. From designing water efficient cooling systems to installing water quality sensors, AWS employees are building a better future for our company and our planet.