Amazon Web Services


Amazon Web Services (AWS) aims to be water positive by 2030, returning more water to communities than it uses in its direct operations.

Together with Amazon Web Services (AWS), The Rivers Trust and Action for the River Kennet (ARK) are addressing growing water scarcity and declining water quality in the Thames River basin by building two wetlands in the Kennet Valley. The wetlands will recharge nearly 600,000m3 of groundwater per year and improve water quality by receiving and treating polluted runoff from farms and roadways.

“We're increasingly seeing new technologies and solutions that can fundamentally change how we address water challenges. Working with NGOs like The Rivers Trust allows us to create long lasting and sustainable infrastructure, such as wetlands, while also giving back to nature and the local community.”

Will Hewes
Water Sustainability Lead at Amazon Web Services

The Rivers Trust, ARK and AWS employees came together in 2023 and planted a mixture of oxygenating, floating, marginal and marsh plants at the two sites. These plants play an important role in storing and cleaning water and restoring biodiversity.

corporate volunteer add plants to a wetland
birds eye view volunteers add plants to a wetland
Corporate volunteers plant new saplings

The two wetlands will provide long-lasting and effective benefits to surrounding villages within the North Wessex Downs Area of Natural Beauty, as wetlands help to retain rainwater and so mitigate climate issues such as flooding. They also offer a green space for both locals and wildlife to enjoy. Both wetlands will be completed by the end of 2023.

AWS are also jointly funding a project in Ireland with Meta that will help to restore water-stressed regions and support the communities’ local water supply whilst also restoring local habitats and wildlife.