Wastewater being used to cool Apple data centers in Oregon

The new treatment facility is expected to save close to 5 million gallons a year by using recycled water instead of running the tap.

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Apple will use recycled greywater to help cool the company's data center servers in Oregon. Courtesy: Apple.

PORTLAND, OR, June 13, 2016 -- Tech giant Apple will get into the water business when the company begins using recycled water from the Prineville, Ore. sewage treatment plant to cool its data center servers at the Prineville location.

The maker of the iPhone and iPad will finance a treatment facility to enable them to treat the sewage for reuse and evapoarative cooling, according to The Oregonian/OregonLive.

The company already uses about 27 million gallons of water each year in Prineville, making it the city's top water user, according to estimates from the city. The new treatment facility is expected to save close to 5 million gallons a year by using recycled water instead of running the tap.

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