More secrets, more water? The NSA data center in Bluffdale could require as many as 1.7 million gallons of water per day to operate and keep computers cool.
Initial reported estimates suggested the center would use 1,200 gallons per minute, but more recent estimates suggest the usage could be closer to half that amount.
“Our planning is anywhere from 1,000 acre-feet per year to 2,000 acre-feet per year, and that represents – if it was 1,000 acre-feet per year, that would be about 1 percent of our total demand,” said Jordan Valley River Conservancy District assistant general manager and chief engineer Alan Packard.
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Reid said Bluffdale otherwise wouldn’t have had the resources to improve the land all the way to the south end of the city limits. Instead, the government funded $7 million in infrastructure to the data center, and an additional $5 million in infrastructure back from the site that will allow a third of the water used at the facility to be recycled.
The water would be used at the city park and on some of the city’s lawns, Reid said.
Reid said the city was now pursuing other technology business to relocate to the south end of Bluffdale.
“We’re looking to try and combine with Salt Lake County to make that a jobs area,” Reid said.
Phi Beta Iota: This is amusing in part because CIA has supposedly been getting a grip on water for the Department of State, and its obvious that NSA does not read CIA reports and does not care about little things like being in the middle of nowhere with vanishing aquifers.