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How Can Data-centers Reduce Water Usage and Improve Efficiency

Aug 3, 2023 2:24:47 AM

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by Richard Pallardy

One option is to use more recycled and non-potable water,” says Riggs Eckelberry, CEO of OriginClear. “While some of the water in data centers simply evaporates, the rest is discharged to the local wastewater treatment plant. Instead, these companies could be treating that water right at the point of use and reusing it.”


Data centers water use

When most people think of computing, water may be far from their minds. This resource, however, is crucial to the cooling systems of most large data centers -- upon which the world’s digital infrastructure increasingly relies.

Through a variety of mechanisms, water absorbs the heat energy emitted by servers, keeping their temperature stable and allowing them to function without interruption.

However, our reliance on water to cool the contraptions that propel the digital era is creating new problems -- especially in arid regions acutely afflicted by water scarcity.



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