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Facebook is behind $800 million Mesa, Arizona data centre

It’s been confirmed that Facebook is developing an 800 million dollar data centre in Mesa, Arizona. Facebook has said that it is about to break ground on the new facility, the documents for the project detail a space that will span over 970,000 square feet, this is just in this first phase. It’s expected that the first site will pan up to 3 million square feet when complete.

Rachel Peterson, VP of Infrastructure at Facebook has said:

“We are thrilled to be breaking ground on our newest data centre, Mesa stood out as a great location for a number of reasons. It has great access to infrastructure, opportunities for renewable energy development, strong talent for both construction and operations, and great community partners."

Before Facebook was announced as an applicant, critics like Mesa Vice Mayor Jenn Duff had pointed out that the huge amount of water the data centre would use within an area with increasingly low supplies. Jenn duff expressed:

"As we form Mesa's climate action plan and embark upon the first phase of the seven-state drought contingency plan, making cutbacks to agriculture, I cannot in good conscience approve this mega data centre using 1.7 million gallons per day at total build-out, up to 3 million square feet on 396 acres,"

However Facebook claims that it will restore more water than the new data centre will consume, it has in fact invested in 3 water restoration projects which will together restore over 200 million gallons of water per year in the Colorado River and Salt River basins.

“We know water is a precious resource and we continuously work to find ways to reduce our water use. That is why this data centre will use at least 60 per cent less water than the average and we are partnering with local organizations to restore water into Arizona watersheds. We’re excited to be able to invest in water restoration projects that will not only restore more water than we use but will help provide greater water security for the entire state” said Peterson.

Not only will Facebook help with the water restoration, but the new facility will also expect to create around 100 jobs, as well as 1,500 temporary contraction roles.

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This blog was originally published by Data Center Dynamics.

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