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274.5 million

The number of gallons of water that Google’s data centers in Oregon consumed last year to cool the computers that help people around the world stream movies, store photos and conduct daily business online. In a blog post, the company announced that, globally, its data centers used approximately 4.3 billion gallons of water in 2021, which is comparable to the amount of water that is needed to irrigate and maintain 29 golf courses in the southwest U.S. annually.

(Associated Press — Dec. 16, 2022)
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