So where does all that information the NSA is collecting on Americans and the world go? One place will be the NSA’s massive new spying complex in Utah. Apparently all that data takes a toll on the computers as it has been reported that the center requires 1.7 million gallons of water a day to operate.
More secrets, more water? The NSA data center in Bluffdale could require as many as 1.7 million gallons of water per day to operate and keep computers cool. Initial reported estimates suggested the center would use 1,200 gallons per minute, but more recent estimates suggest the usage could be closer to half that amount.
“Our planning is anywhere from 1,000 acre-feet per year to 2,000 acre-feet per year, and that represents – if it was 1,000 acre-feet per year, that would be about 1 percent of our total demand,” said Jordan Valley River Conservancy District assistant general manager and chief engineer Alan Packard.
Bluffdale is set to become the biggest spy center in the country and a major destination for the NSA’s domestic and international spying program. But hey, it’s not all bad. At least the people in Bluffdale are getting some business.
Bluffdale City manager Mark Reid described the NSA project and the new water and electrical infrastructure around it as a significant benefit to the city.
Reid said Bluffdale otherwise wouldn’t have had the resources to improve the land all the way to the south end of the city limits. Instead, the government funded $7 million in infrastructure to the data center, and an additional $5 million in infrastructure back from the site that will allow a third of the water used at the facility to be recycled.
That is money simply for the municipal infrastructure to service the data center. The NSA center itself was estimated to cost $2 billion.
Though it is kind of sad that prisons and spy centers are the country’s new major infrastructure projects. One of the consequences of Neoliberalism is that many people are employed to protect other people’s ill-gotten gains. From prison guards to intelligence analysts to the guy who makes sure the computers stay cool in order to monitor and analyze everyone’s phone calls and emails. Anything necessary to protect the interests of the rich. What a country.