When Apple’s new campus opens in late 2016, it will join multiple other industries in the South Bay area using recycled water. Known as “Apple 2 Campus”, it is located one mile east of the company’s existing facility and will comprise 2.8 million square feet; accommodating 12,000 employees.
The recycled water project is part of a public-private partnership between California Water Service Company (Cal Water), the City of Sunnyvale, Santa Clara Valley Water District, and Apple Inc. Recycled water produced in Sunnyvale will be diverted to neighboring Cupertino, home of Apple’s newest campus.
“Apple drove this project,” stated Katherine Oven, deputy operating officer of the water district. “It really is a true partnership of both public and private agencies.”
Apple is contributing $4.8 million to the project and Cal Water has already pledged $1.5 million. An additional $11.2 million will be split between the City of Sunnyvale and the Santa Clara Valley Water District, bringing the total cost of the project to $17.5 million.
When construction begins later this summer, Sunnyvale’s Public Works will lay more than 13,300 feet of purple pipe and build a new pump station to reach the Apple 2 Campus. Three percent of the pipeline’s 10 million gallon per day capacity will be devoted to the Apple campus.
Apple’s decision to use reclaimed water comes on the heels of Governor Brown’s unprecedented mandate for 25% water reductions throughout California. The governor’s new mandate amounts to reducing state-wide water use by 1.5 million acre-feet or 487.5 billion gallons in the next nine months.
 Love, San Jose Mercury News, “Apple Campus 2: Massive Recycled Water Project Approved.”, http://www.mercurynews.com/business/ci_27778101/water-district-board-consider-recycled-water-apple-campus