We’re talking about the company’s recent announcement it will work with several northern New Mexico nonprofits to help with water conservation in the Rio Grande watershed.
It’s part of the company’s goal to restore 100 percent of its water use around the world back to the communities surrounding its plants by 2025. The company has already funded environmental projects in California, Oregon and Arizona.
Manufacturing chips takes a substantial amount of water, but the company has already made strides with its conservation efforts. It already returns 80 percent of the water it uses back to the communities it works in.
It’s laudable that rather than resting on its laurels, Intel has set the ambitious goal of offsetting 100 percent of its water use within seven short years.
“We are doing this by going out into the community and working with nonprofits, like the National Forest Foundation and Trout Unlimited, locally,” Intel spokeswoman Linda Qian told the Rio Rancho Observer.
The first project funded in this state is in northern New Mexico. Qian notes that during winter, not much water flows through the Rio Grande, which impacts how fish are able to rear and spawn. In partnership with Trout Unlimited, Intel is paying landowners in the area to release additional water into the watershed during low-flow times.
“This year, the Rio Grande’s flow was increased by 12 percent, which shows how impactful the work is,” Qian said.
Impactful, indeed. We hope the work continues and the communities that host Intel realize the company is going above and beyond to be a good neighbor.
This editorial first appeared in the Albuquerque Journal. It was written by members of the editorial board and is unsigned as it represents the opinion of the newspaper rather than the writers.