CyrusOne unveils net-positive water data centre in Arizona campus

CyrusOne's Phoenix campus CyrusOne's Phoenix campus

Through a partnership with the Bonneville Environmental Foundation’s Change the Course program, the Chandler campus offers restoration to nearby watersheds.

CyrusOne (NASDAQ: CONE) has announced it is launching its first net-positive water data centre campus at its flagship Arizona location.

The CyrusOne Chandler data centre incorporates technology that reduces water usage onsite and is set to reduce company-wide water usage by millions of gallons per year, according to the firm.

When a commercial or residential development is net positive in relation to water and/or energy, they create more water (or energy) than they use.

“We know that the data centres we build today will serve our customers for decades, therefore, it is important that we continue to innovate and invest in design features to set the course for a sustainable future,” said Kyle Myers, Director of Environmental Health, Safety and Sustainability at CyrusOne.

“As far as we can tell, this is the first net water positive data centre in the world, and we hope it will set a precedent for water sustainability standards and the future of data centres.”

The company revealed that it has reduced its water usage, using small amounts for cooling, humidification, facility maintenance, and domestic water since its deployment.


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“Part of being a good neighbour in Chandler and the surrounding Phoenix area is to take action to preserve its precious water resources,” said Kevin Timmons, CTO, CyrusOne.

“In fact, our data centre restores more water than it withdraws, making our local presence a net benefit to the community.”

CyrusOne has also partnered with Change the Course, a program that funds collaborative on-the-ground projects to ensure communities, economies, and ecosystems have enough clean water.

“Addressing water scarcity will require us to not only reduce consumptive water use but also restore water to nature,” said Val Fishman, Chief Development Officer at BEF.

“We’re excited to have CyrusOne on board as a leader and partner helping to keep water in Arizona rivers during times of water stress.

“Through Change the Course, CyrusOne is supporting innovative projects that help farmers switch to more efficient irrigation methods and restore water flows to the region.”

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