Tim Cook wasn’t lying when he claimed Apple’s new spaceship-style Campus 2 would be the company’s most cutting-edge, environmentally friendly construction to date.
A new $17.5 million project — approved by the Santa Clara Valley Water District board Tuesday night — will involve the laying of 13,300 feet of pipeline that will pipe recycled water to both Cupertino and Apple’s Campus 2 HQ.
“Apple drove this project,” said Katherine Oven, deputy operating officer of the water district, describing it as “a true partnership of both public and private agencies.”
Working with local authorities, Apple will contribute $4.8 million of the overall costs to the project, which will not only help make Apple’s new campus greener, but also help California citizens during a time of drought. Despite stumping up close to a third of the costs, Apple will only use 3 percent of the pipeline’s capacity, which has the ability to pump up to 10 million gallons per day — or around one-fourth of all recycled water expected to flow through the South Bay.
Apple’s not the only company to explore the use of recycled water. Levi’s Stadium already uses recycled water to flush toilets and keep the playing field green. However, given Apple’s prominence, it is likely more corporate campuses will be prompted to follow suit.
Construction on the pipeline is likely to begin in August, with service starting in October 2016, around the same time as Apple’s new campus is expected to be completed.
In keeping with its desire to be green, Apple is also building a massive 1,300-acre solar farm in Monterey, California, which will power Campus 2 and other Apple facilities, such as retail stores and data centers.