Google wants to expand by constructing two more data centers.

Google wants to expand its presence in the United States by constructing two more data centers.

Residents of The Dalles are concerned that Google will construct at least two more data centers in the area, fearing there won't be enough water for everyone. 

Data centers, which are now a crucial component of modern computing, allow people to watch movies on Netflix, conduct transactions on PayPal, post news on Facebook, store trillions of photos, and more. According to Gadget360, data centers have become an essential element of modern computing.


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A single facility can use up to millions of gallons of water each day. This is needed to keep equipment running.

Google wants to build two more data centers in The Dalles. This makes some people worried because there might not be enough water for everyone. These people are worried about farms and fruit orchards, which use a lot of water.

There has been some resistance throughout the United States as tech firms construct and expand data centers — conflicts that are expected to intensify as water becomes scarcer due to climate change and cloud computing usage grows.

Some technology giants have been employing cutting-edge research and development to develop less damaging cooling technologies, but there are others who believe that the firms can do more to be ecologically sustainable.

The concerns are understandable in The Dalles, the seat of Wasco County, which is suffering from extreme and exceptional drought.

Last summer, the region experienced its hottest days on record, when The Dalles hit 118 degrees Fahrenheit (48 Celsius).

The Dalles is adjacent to the enormous Columbia River, but the new data centers would not be able to utilize that water and instead would have to draw groundwater from rivers that have passed through the city's water treatment facility.

The snowpack in the Cascade Range, which provides water to the aquifers, changes unpredictably from year to year. Glaciers are melting across north-central Oregon, according to data from the US Geological Survey Groundwater Resources Program.

The townspeople do not know how much water the new data centers will use. This is because Google says that they are a trade secret. Even the town's council members had to wait until this week to find out how much it will be.

When Google bought the former site of an aluminum smelter in The Dalles, it acquired the rights to 3.9 million gallons of water per day, according to Mr. Anderson, public works director for The Dalles. According to Anderson, Google is asking for less water than that amount and would give those rights to the city.

"The city wins," he added.

Google said they are committed to the long-term health of the country's economy and natural resources.

Google said it was "thrilled" that the county's leaders had agreed to continue discussions regarding a settlement that allows it to expand while also supporting the neighborhood.

The US holds 30% of the world's data centers. This means that there are more data centers in America than anywhere else in the world. Some companies are trying to make their data centers better by recycling water after it passes through the center many times before it is discharged.

Google, for example, utilizes treated sewage water rather than drinking water to keep its data center cool in Douglas County, Georgia.