This 2016 file photo shows an irrigation pump station used to pump recycled water to the West End Irrigation District from the Hermiston Waste Water Treatment facility in Hermiston, Oregon.

This 2016 file photo shows an irrigation pump station used to pump recycled water to the West End Irrigation District from the Hermiston Waste Water Treatment facility in Hermiston, Oregon.

East Oregonian

A water reuse project by the city of Hermiston has inspired Umatilla to imagine new ways to use water coming out of the region’s data centers.

Umatilla City Manager Russ Pelleberg shared details of the project, which the city hopes to begin construction on later this year, at the Oregon Water Coalition’s annual membership meeting in Hermiston on Tuesday morning.

The $3 million project would separate Umatilla’s commercial wastewater from its domestic flows, allowing the city to send water from current Amazon data centers at the Port of Umatilla, a planned data center off Lind Road and any future data centers to irrigation canals for agricultural use. Future phases would include an industrial wastewater treatment plant at the port and storage ponds for keeping reuse water during the winter when it is not needed for irrigation.

Pelleberg said data centers use “a ton of hydraulic capacity” for cooling purposes, but the water coming out the other end and into the city’s sewer system is still “very, very clean.”

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