Although HP’s operations are not water intensive, we recognize that water consumption is a growing concern, particularly in water-stressed regions. HP’s three main uses of water are domestic use in buildings, landscape irrigation and cooling. HP is addressing all components of our water consumption. Depending on the climate and local operations, irrigation water can account for approximately two-thirds of HP’s consumption, while domestic and cooling uses can make up the other third.
In 2007, water consumption was reduced in all regions, with an overall reduction globally of approximately 12 percent.
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In 2007, one of our focus areas was the water used in cooling systems. We are installing advanced water-saving cooling systems that are chemical free yet still provide scale, corrosion and microbial control. This technology saves significant operational costs and, by eliminating ongoing chemical treatment systems, avoids potentially hazardous emissions. Currently there are 12 such systems serving HP’s Roseville, Palo Alto, Cupertino and Corvallis sites.
Wastewater is not a material environmental issue for HP operations. The effluents we do create are treated on-site or discharged to municipal sewage treatment.
We have set a goal of reducing water consumption to 5 percent below 2007 levels by 2010.