Facebook announced a series of major investments in water conservation as it confirmed plans for an $800 million data center campus in Mesa, Arizona. The project had brought national attention to the data center industry’s stewardship of scarce water resources in drought-stricken areas.
Extreme heat and drought in the Western US is bringing sharper scrutiny of data center water use, and testing assumptions about climate in some data center destinations. The heightened awareness of water constraints is raising the bar for data center developers.
Data centers are known for large amounts of water and power usage. In fact, it takes a tremendous amount of energy and water to power and cool any data center. That’s according to a new report from Aligned Energy, that outlines how the company installed a soft water program to its fluid cooler system at its Phoenix data center to save 24 million gallons of water a year.