Water is essential to the semiconductor manufacturing process. We use ultrapure water to remove impurities from our silicon wafers, and we use industrial and reclaimed water to run our manufacturing facility systems. Over the last two decades, our sustainable water management efforts and partnerships have enabled us to conserve billions of gallons of water and return approximately 80% of our water back to our communities. Now, we are broadening our focus to restore 100% of our global water use by 2025.
This ambitious goal will close the gap in our water balance by funding collaborative projects to support local watersheds that restore water in quantities equivalent to the water we consume. These projects, whether agriculture-centered, conservation-focused, or IoT-based, aim to address local water issues and support the well-being of our communities, economy, and the environment.
Reaching our goal will depend on our future water consumption, and we will evaluate and adjust our goal annually. To date, we are 45% of the way there—increasing our total water directly returned or restored to approximately 89%. Projects funded so far benefit Arizona, California, Oregon, and New Mexico watersheds.
Location: Main stem of Colorado River near Thompson, Utah (to benefit Arizona’s water supply)
Implementation Partner: Trout Unlimited
Estimated Restoration Benefit: 142 MGY
Project Description: MIR is an organic cattle ranch operating on roughly 125,000 acres of land that helps preserve and enhance critical wildlife habitat. Water was historically diverted from the Colorado River to irrigate alfalfa and support other agricultural operations. This system conservation project will leave water in the Colorado River that was previously withdrawn by converting alfalfa to cool season, low water use grasses, and improving irrigation efficiency.
Location: Lower San Pedro River, Gila River Basin, Arizona (to benefit Arizona’s water supply)
Implementation Partner: Arizona Land and Water Trust (ALWT); Desert Rivers Program
Estimated Restoration Benefit: 62 MGY
Project Description: The San Pedro River provides critical habitat for migratory birds and other wildlife, but groundwater pumping for agriculture has contributed to extremely low flows and intermittent dry periods, threatening the health of the riparian ecosystem. This project includes conversion to drought-tolerant native grasses that do not require sustained irrigation.
Location: Camp Verde, Verde River Watershed, Arizona (to benefit Arizona’s water supply)
Implementation Partner: The Nature Conservancy (TNC)
Estimated Restoration Benefit: 60 MGY
Project Description: The Verde River is a water source for Phoenix and a lifeline for wildlife in the American Southwest, but like many western rivers, streamflow is low or nonexistent in some areas during the hot summer months when water is diverted to irrigate crops. This project will shift crop production to malt barley which is harvested before the critical summer water stress period, resulting in more water in the river and a profitable crop for local farmers.
Location: Tualatin River Basin, Oregon (to benefit Oregon’s water supply)
Implementation Partner: Vanasche Farm
Estimated Restoration Benefit: To be determined during pilot
Project Description: Intel is partnering with a local hazelnut farmer to pilot real-time, remote monitoring of soil moisture, and local weather that allows the farmer to determine the precise soil moisture and weather at specific locations within their fields. This application is designed to increase irrigation efficiency by watering only when necessary and allow the farmer to determine precipitation or other important weather patterns at their fields.
Location: Verde River Watershed, Coconino National Forest, Arizona (to benefit Arizona’s water supply)
Implementation Partner: National Forest Foundation (NFF)
Estimated Restoration Benefit: 20 MGY
Project Description: Long Valley Meadow provides water filtration, water storage, and habitat along the Mogollon Rim in the Coconino National Forest. The site has been degraded from historic land management practices, which have caused severely incised channels with actively expanding bank erosion. This project will restore headwater meadows by diverting flow out of incised channels and into the meadow, restoring the floodplain connection and allowing water to infiltrate into groundwater, increasing the soil’s storage capacity.