South Carolina: Google Can Pump Drinking Water for Servers

South Carolina is allowing Google to cool its servers by pumping nearly 550 million gallons of water annually from a declining aquifer.

  • Published 10 October 2019

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina is allowing Google to cool its servers by pumping nearly 550 million gallons of water annually from a declining aquifer. The State reports the Health and Environmental Control Department approved a groundwater permit that runs through 2023. Google promised to be sustainable and touted its nearly $2 billion investment in the region. But critics said Google shouldn't be allowed to draw from the dwindling drinking-water supply. Clay Duffie, Mount… Read at AP News