Thursday August 6, 2020

Irish Water has made no planning objections to big tech data centres

Growth in number of huge facilities puts more pressure on water supply, especially in Greater Dublin area

Michael Brennan

Political Editor

@obraonain

Killian Woods

Business reporter

@killianwoods
5th July, 2020
Facebook data centre in Clonee, Co Meath: the facility used an average of 1.1 million litres of water a day in 2019, according to details provided by the social media giant

Irish Water has made no planning objections to data centres owned by major tech companies, even though some of them are using the same amount of water as large towns.

The growth in the number of data centres is putting more pressure on the country’s water supply, particularly because so many of them are located in the Greater Dublin area.

Data centres require tens of millions of litres of water every day to...

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