• @Zworf@beehaw.org
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    36 months ago

    It probably is still a lot easier to make potable than sewer water or even river water though. At lease you know exactly what contamination is in it.

    • @lechatron
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      6 months ago

      Water used to cool data centers is either consumed, meaning it evaporates into the atmosphere via the data center’s cooling towers or discharged, as industrial wastewater, usually to a local wastewater treatment plant.

      It can’t just be dumped into a river, has to go to a sewer treatment plant.

      edit: They do recirculate it, but it eventually needs to be replaced. And some facilities have treatment plants on site, so doesn’t necessarily needed to go to a sewer treatment plant.

    • @PenguinTD@lemmy.ca
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      16 months ago

      I agree, it would eventually have it’s own ecosystem around that water usage if “fresh” water or not really drinking water related use is required. At this point I think it’s just cost related, cheaper just to dump into ocean.