Data Centers on Collision Course with Mega-Drought

July 12, 2021

Big data and computer industries are moving to Arizona – but may be running into some hard limits in terms of water.

5 Responses to “Data Centers on Collision Course with Mega-Drought”

  1. indy222 Says:

    The Colorado is already dry before it hits the border… more short term’ism from our corporate overlords.

  2. Keith McClary Says:

    I don’t understand. Will this evaporate 1.7 millions of gallons per day (not just return warm water to the canal?

    • rhymeswithgoalie Says:

      Good question. Even if it does return warmer water to the canal, that will increase evaporation.

      I wonder whether the water they take in will be cool enough to draw off the amount of heat the machines generate.

  3. redskylite Says:

    Interesting research on data centers water usage currently in EOS..

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    “U.S. Data Centers Rely on Water from Stressed Basins

    All data centers consume water directly (to cool the electronics at the site) and indirectly (through electricity generation at the power plants that service the sites). Using records from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Energy Information Association, and data from previous academic studies, the researchers matched the data centers with their most likely sources of electricity and water.

    https://eos.org/articles/u-s-data-centers-rely-on-water-from-stressed-basins

    • rhymeswithgoalie Says:

      I wonder why they don’t bury data centers. They can vent in some cool air in the winter and avoid roasting in the summer.


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