NSA Gets Sweetheart Water Deal; Coalition Wants State to Turn it Off

The city of Bluffdale, Utah, gave the National Security Agency a sweetheart deal on water, and a coalition of organizations from across the political spectrum wants the state to shut it off.

According to a Nov. 28 story in the Salt Lake Tribune, the town extended the NSA discounted rates below its own guidelines and the average rate in Utah to secure the contract. Bluffdale also issued a $3.5 million bond to pay for new water lines and infrastructure to supply the sprawling data center.

The NSA is expected to use an estimated 1.7 million gallons of water per day to cool its computers when operating at full capacity.

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