FORT MEADE, Md. — The National Security Agency (NSA) is taking a step to lessen its environmental impact by using wastewater to cool servers at its new data center in Fort Meade, Md., according to an article by GCN.

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The data center, set to open in 2016, will use a $40 million pumping station to process five million gallons of treated wastewater per day that was previously sent into the Little Patuxent River, the article reported.

NSA's Director of Installation and Logistics Harvey Davis called the arrangement "dramatically beneficial for the taxpayers and also really good for the ecosystem."

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If the center did not use the wastewater for cooling the servers, it would require tap water or well water, noted the article.

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