The Tech Industry Is Thirsty for Water
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California is drying out at rapid pace. Historically restrictive laws are being passed to combat one of the worst droughts in the state’s history. Farmers are curbing their supply, but tech giants are just as thirsty as California’s crops.
A recent article by The Guardian highlighted the issue of the technology industry’s need for water to cool its servers. Google, Facebook and other giants use massive pipe systems that run through data centers. Cold water flows through the pipes to the data centers and is carried back to be cooled. The article claims that each individual data center uses 3.5 million gallons of water per MW (megawatts) each year. With 800 estimated data centers in California, the numbers become staggering.
Now that water supplies have been cut by 25% in California, according to Risk Management Magazine, businesses are scrambling to find a new way to cool their servers. Many companies are beginning to look into recycled water. Other companies, like Facebook, have moved their centers to cooler climates. In fact, Facebook recently built a new center in Sweden to reduce cooling prices. For the vast majority of companies though, relocation is not an option. Water-efficient structures are regularly more expensive than the replacements, and water prices “have not yet risen to such a degree that limiting water use would pay for itself.”
If you’re concerned with the potential risks associated with a drought at your tech facility, chat with an ‘A’ Team member today.
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