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Verizon Data Center Reduces Water Discharge By 20%

Verizon Wireless reduced water discharge by 1.6 million gallons at its Twinsburg, Ohio data center through the installation of a chemical-free water treatment system.

According to Clearwater Systems Corp., the Dolphin WaterCare system, which it provided and installed for Verizon, was a major factor in Verizon winning a 2012 Green Enterprise IT (GEIT) Award from the Uptime Institute. The award, granted in the Facility Design Implementation category, recognizes the combination of resource efficiency, environmental responsibility, and scalability in building a Tier III, LEED Gold certified data center.

Dolphin WaterCare was installed in the center's cooling system to treat a maximum cooling load of approximately 2,600 tons. Use of Dolphin WaterCare results in a water discharge reduction of more than 20% (1.6 million gallons) compared to chemically treated water.

Additionally, the clean Dolphin technology provides the Twinsburg Data Center with an opportunity for water reuse. By utilizing the discharge water from the cooling tower, grey water applications such as landscape irrigation can be implemented. Given the chemical-free operation of Dolphin WaterCare, this Verizon Wireless facility also avoids the cost, use, storage, and waste generated by the use of typical chemical water treatment, Clearwater Systems said.

This is the second year running that Dolphin WaterCare has been instrumental in helping a client win a prestigious GEIT Award. Last year, Dolphin WaterCare assisted Harris Corporation and Lee Technologies in winning the GEIT Award for a data center in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

"It's further affirmation that our water treatment solutions are dramatically helping customers improve the sustainability of their operations," stated Anupam Bhargava, CEO of Clearwater Systems.

A Google data center outside Atlanta, Georgia, has partnered with the local municipality to use 100% waste water in an innovative approach to cooling.

Bart King is a PR/marketing communications consultant and principal at Cleantech Communications. 

Bart King is the principal and founder of New Growth Communications, a network of affiliated content producers and strategists serving clients in the emerging green economy. Follow him @bart_king and on LinkedIn.

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