Los Alamos National Laboratory decreased its water usage by 26 percent in 2014, with about one-third of the reduction attributable to using reclaimed water to cool a supercomputing center.
The Laboratory’s goal during 2014 was to use only re-purposed water to support the mission at the Strategic Computing Complex. Using reclaimed water from the Sanitary Effluent Reclamation Facility, or SERF, substantially decreased water usage and supported the overall mission.
SERF collects industrial wastewater and treats it for reuse.
The reclamation facility contributed more than 27 million gallons of re-purposed water to the Laboratory’s computing center, a secured supercomputing facility that supports the Laboratory’s national security mission and is one of the institution’s larger water users.
In addition to the strategic water reuse program at SERF, the Laboratory reduced water use in 2014 by focusing conservation efforts on areas that use the most water, upgrading to water-conserving fixtures, and repairing leaks identified in a biennial survey.