Google’s request for more water usage has local conservationists worried

Berkeley County News

BERKELEY COUNTY, S.C. (WCBD) A request by Google has leaders with the Coastal Conservation League wanting more information about plans for the Berkeley County facility.

Google is making an expansion in Berkeley County and they say it’s going to require a lot more water usage. Some people are concerned about that.

The Coastal Conservation League says Google’s application to be able to use up to 1.5 million gallons of water per day from an aquifer in the Lowcountry is concerning.

Right now, Google has a permit to use up to a half million gallons per day. They need the water to keep their server system cooled as they expand their operations.

Coastal Conservation League spokeswoman Caitie Forde-Smith said they’re not necessarily against the proposal, they just say they would like time to get more information about how withdrawing that much water daily might impact the aquifer and other areas that use that water.

This aquifer is about 83 million-years-old. It’s pristine, it’s limited, and we want to make sure that the use of that aquifer is done sustainably and we have some concerns about the permit request, said Forde-Smith.

DHEC is gathering public comments on the proposal until Wednesday, June 12.

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