Water use and management in Türk Telekom
Türk Telekom cares about the use of water within the framework of its sustainability approach. The Company works to reduce water consumption and closely monitors consumption.
Türk Telekom’s most important project in reducing water consumption is the Building Centralisation Project. In this context, the amount of water use has been reduced since 2013 by optimising the use of buildings and reducing the number of buildings in which people work, every year. In buildings where only space optimisation is carried out, wet areas are reviewed, and unnecessary areas are closed, while the amount of utility water and water used in cleaning these areas are reduced.
In addition, in 2012, a more efficient use of water was started by attaching a saving device cap (aerator) to the mixer batteries in all buildings across the country.
Although investment costs are high, photocell mixer batteries are used in new projects to reduce the amount of wasted water. In addition, a Gray Water System is also in use in the Ankara Headquarter “Tower Building in the Aydınlıkevler”, which has been operational for 4 years. With this system, water expenses are reduced by re-using water used from sinks in the toilet reservoirs after the necessary treatment. Waste water is also stored in the Tower Building and used in landscape irrigation. In landscape irrigation areas, unnecessary water usage is prevented with timer-based automated sprinkler systems and irrigation is done at minimum levels according to the need.
As a result of the actions taken, the Türk Telekom Group has recorded a decreasing trend in water consumption. In 2019, water consumption decreased by 31% compared to its level 4 years ago, decreasing to 389 thousand cubic meters. In addition to the general declining trend in 2020, the pandemic and the intensive transition to home office system paved the way for a 35% decrease in usage compared to previous year, to 257 thousand cubic meters per annum.
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