California is in the midst of the worst drought since record keeping began. The situation is so dire that California Governor Jerry Brown declared a drought State of Emergency on January 17, 2014. In his declaration, Gov. Brown called on “all Californians to conserve water in every way possible.” The 34,000 AT&T employees that live in California are answering this call and are working towards reducing corporate water usage by 30 percent for the duration of the drought State of Emergency.

On Friday, AT&T California president Ken McNeely announced AT&T's new water savings efforts, “Conserving enough water to maintain our farms and communities is critical to California’s economy. AT&T has been a integral part of the Golden State for more than a century – we’ve been partners through good times and bad, and we want to do our part to reduce non-essential water consumption.”

A few of the steps that AT&T employees will take to reduce water use include:

  • Eliminate car washes for AT&T’s 15,000 strong corporate fleet
  • Reduce landscape irrigation by 50 percent
  • Turn off decorative water features and fountains at corporate facilities
Although these are new measures, AT&T employees across the nation are already well versed in water conservation. One of AT&T’s corporate social responsibility programs is the Do One Thing initiative. AT&T employees that chose water conservation as the focus of their participation in the initiative helped the company reduce water use by 19 million gallons over a two-year period.

In addition to the employee led water conservation efforts, AT&T worked alongside the Environmental Defense Fund to release the Building Water Efficiency Toolkit in August 2013. The toolkit, which was the result of a yearlong collaboration between AT&T and EDF, will help AT&T and other businesses reduce water use by up to 28 billion gallons of water annually. The toolkit is available online and the more California businesses that join AT&T in its commitment to more extreme water conservation efforts during the drought, the better.

“Our work with AT&T demonstrates there are enormous opportunities for companies to cut water use cost-effectively,” said Tom Murray, Vice President of Corporate Partnerships at EDF. “We applaud AT&T for stepping up in a time of crisis to implement these and other water-saving measures, and call on other companies to follow AT&T’s lead in managing water effectively, both now and in the future.”

For more information about AT&T’s commitment to water conservation, visit AT&T’s Water Management page.

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