A new research from the Centre for Environmental Policy at Imperial College London, published last year in the Nature journal, found that the US’s total water consumption in 2015 was 1,218 billion litres a day.
Of this, irrigation accounted for 446 billion litres, thermoelectric power for 503 billion litres and potable water for 147 billion litres a day.
The energy consumption of data centres is just one factor contributing to the environmental footprint of the tech industry and a growing area of interest is water consumption and what’s being done to address the issues of water stress and scarcity.
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