The Dalles sues to keep Google’s water use for data centers a secret


THE DALLES, Ore. — The city of The Dalles has filed suit in an effort to keep Google’s water use a secret.

The move comes ahead of a key City Council vote on a $28.5 million water pact between the city and the tech giant.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the city is seeking to overturn a ruling earlier from Wasco County’s district attorney, who found Google’s water use is a public record and ordered The Dalles to provide that information to the news organization.

The city sued Friday, asking a judge to intervene.

Previously:Big tech data centers in Oregon spark worry over water scarcity

Google is contemplating two new server farms on the site of a former aluminum smelter in The Dalles, where it already has an enormous campus of data centers on its property along the Columbia River.

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