September 9th, 2013 By: Jason Verge Data centers can be thirsty beasts, consuming enormous amounts of water in cooling systems that keep servers humming along comfortably. This can be a particular challenge when data center projects cluster together around key Internet intersections. With uptime as a key priority, the water supply must be “always on” along with the servers.
Those factors have come together in Ashburn, Virginia, where local utility Loudoun Water has began offering a service to provide data center operators with reclaimed water. Hooking up to the recycled water loop can reduce data centers’ impact on the potable water supply. That’s a consideration in Loudoun County, which is home to more than 5 million square feet of data center space.http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2013/09/09/ragingwire-ashburn-hooking-up-to-reclaimed-water-loop/