Google, don't drain our aquifer!
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Google came to Monck's Corner, SC, because of cheap water and electricity. According to some, they already draw over 4 million gallons of surface water per day to cool their servers. Despite this, they are expanding the facility and insist they need 1.5 million gallons of groundwater per day from the Charleston aquifer, which has historically faced significant drawdowns.
Water is a vital resource in the Lowcountry of South Carolina, important to life, recreation, farmers, and even tourism. We cannot afford for Google to cut corners by taking water for granted in a state that has been under drought or near drought conditions for over a decade. Google should use wastewater and/or other proven technologies for cooling its servers, not pristine groundwater.
Google has recently accomplished many goals in the area of energy conservation, and we call upon Google to live up to its motto by making a new commitment, starting in South Carolina: Leave no permanent footprint on our water sources.
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