To mitigate the heat of high-density server environments; Infomart Data Centers announces that it has accomplished the construction on infrastructure necessary to utilize recycled water for cooling and landscape irrigation at its Silicon Valley data center. The Company’s move to use non-potable, or “gray water,” for 100 percent of the mechanical infrastructure and irrigation surrounding the facility reduces costs and lowers its environmental impact.
Commenting on the new development, John Sheputis, President of Infomart Data Centers said, “While water is necessary to keep our mission-critical data centers and server environments cool, the levels consumed by these facilities also place a great strain on water resources – especially in the drought-plagued Western U.S.” “Infomart’s significant investment in the Silicon Valley recycled water conversion demonstrates our commitment to building energy-efficient, sustainable data centers.”
The company claims the new technology will be the first multi-tenant data center to achieve LEED Gold certification in California, leading sustainability efforts with the conversion to recycled water. Infomart made the investment to convert to gray water usage, which helps preserve regional potable water and aids the public utility by easing pressure on strained supplies.
According to reports, a 15 MW data center can use up to 360,000 gallons of water per day and drought conditions, such as in California.
The Infomart Silicon Valley recycled water system uses state-of-the-art water quality monitoring that provides advanced warning for operational issues caused by elevated water hardness, alkalinity or Total Suspended Solid (TSS) levels, while ensuring that no tainted water penetrates into the data center’s mechanical infrastructure, where it can cause corrosion.
“Our goal is to reach 100% gray water utilization, and we are working with the utility on these plans,” added Sheputis.