Posted by Ken McNeely on February 18, 2014.

34,000 Employees Asked to Conserve Water In Response to California’s Emergency Drought Declaration

Last week, I asked 34,000 AT&T employees in California to reduce their non-essential water usage by 30%.  We all know the facts – 2013 was the driest year on record in California.  We are officially in a drought emergency, and Gov. Jerry Brown has called on all Californians to voluntarily reduce their water use by 20%.  Our communities, farms and firefighters are bracing for the impact of this stunning lack of rainfall.  Here at AT&T, we are also taking immediate action.

Specifically, AT&T employees in California will stop washing our fleet of more than 15,000 vehicles, reduce facility landscape watering by half, turn off decorative water features or fountains at corporate buildings and remain vigilant in identifying water waste. These non-essential reductions may have an impact on the aesthetics of AT&T vehicles and facilities (please forgive the dirty AT&T vehicles you will see on California’s roadways, and the browning plants at our facilities), but will not impact network operations or our dedication to customers.

Saving water has long been a core focus of AT&T’s sustainability efforts. For the past year, we’ve been working with Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) to identify water savings across AT&T’s operations.  Together, we launched a Building Water Efficiency toolkit that U.S. commercial buildings can use to collectively save up to 28 billion gallons of water annually, equivalent to the amount of water that more than 765,000 Americans use at home in a given year. And, many of AT&T’s employees nationwide have already taken steps to reduce their personal water usage by making a commitment through the company’s Do One Thing initiative, which has resulted in savings of 19 million gallons of water in the last 2 years.

For more information on AT&T sustainability initiatives, visit

Keywords: water, conservation, drought
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