Responsible water management has always been important at eBay, but pressures on water resources from development and a changing climate make it more essential than ever. Our data centers use water to operate cooling equipment. We’ve been able to moderate this by locating our major sites in locations that enable us to take advantage of “free cooling” from outside air and reduce the amount of water (and energy) used for mechanical equipment. In the coming months, we are committed to building a more comprehensive water footprint and enhance our ability to track and manage water company wide.