Conserving water is important to every living being on the planet.
It has become a critical global issue and one of the top priorities of any climate-adaptation strategy.
Sprint uses relatively little water compared to companies in some other industries. Yet we’re committed to doing everything in our power to help suppliers, customers and employees use less water and get the most from the water they do use. Together, we can slow the pace of freshwater withdrawal and help reserves regain a natural balance.
The four areas we focus on are:
Reducing our own footprint
- Reducing our own water footprint
- Estimating our supply chain water footprint to identify reduction opportunities
- Giving solutions that enable customers to reduce their water footprint
- Encouraging employees to reduce water consumption at home
Every year, Sprint purchases millions of gallons of water to help cool our network, office locations and retail stores. We use water to irrigate our landscaping. And, of course, much of the water we purchase is destined for the drinking fountain or restrooms at our stores and headquarters.
To guide our efforts in reducing water usage, the Sprint Water Conservation Committee set our first goal: Reduce the company’s annual water purchase 30 percent by 2017, compared to a decade earlier. The good news: We’ve already met the goal. Through 2015, we reduced our water usage by 39 percent.
Estimating our supply chain footprint to identify additional reduction opportunities
After reducing our own water consumption, the next big piece of the puzzle involves our partners. It’s the area where we can have the greatest overall impact. Reason being, our supply chain water footprint accounts for 99.6 percent of our total water consumption.
Sprint partners with Trucost, an independent environmental-impact assessment firm to estimate the amount of water consumed in our supply chain. This helps identify "hot spots" to discuss with suppliers for additional water reduction opportunities. View the most recent report here
. It doesn’t stop there; Sprint is also developing a resource that will be available soon to help suppliers track, report and reduce their own water consumption.
Providing solutions to reduce our customers’ water use
Technology is also part of the solution. We use remote monitoring and management tools enabled by Sprint’s machine-to-machine (M2M) technology. Essentially, machines “talk” to each other in real time, helping distribute and use water more efficiently.
This creates shared value — we provide solutions that help our customers reduce their consumption and expenses, while providing a revenue stream for Sprint. Smart water meters and leak detection sensors are examples of such solutions
that can have the greatest impact on water consumption.
Encouraging our employees to reduce their water consumption
The Sprint Employee Health and Safety team hosts an internal website that gives employees tips, advice and tools to reduce their own water consumption at home and elsewhere. Education is key. Sprint partnered with The Nature Conservancy
to present an eye-opening Lunch & Learn session for Sprint employees on water conservation.
It’s easy to take water for granted. You turn on your tap, and there it is. It’s also easy to take steps to get the most from our most precious resource without using more than we need. Sprint employees are thankful for what they have, and thoughtful in how they use it.