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Utah Data Center » The city wanted infrastructure and new waterlines, passed savings onto spy agency.

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Details of the water agreement have been disclosed as a coalition of libertarians and anti-war groups calling themselves Nullify NSA are waging a campaign to shut off water to the Utah Data Center.

Most of the literature the coalition has published incorrectly refers to the state supplying water to the Utah Data Center.

At a glance

What water costs in Bluffdale, per month

» Homes pay a flat fee of $12, businesses $30, plus...

» The first 1,000 to 10,000 gallons: $1.55 per 1,000 gallons

» After that, using up to 50,000 gallons costs $1.95 per 1,000 gallons*

» After that, using up to 100,000 gallons will cost $2.60 per 1,000 gallons

» After that, it’s $3.25 per 1,000 gallons

» For users above 4,700 feet, like the Utah Data Center, all the rates increase by 10 cents

* Rate Bluffdale is charging the NSA, plus the 10 cent elevation fee

Source: Bluffdale city government

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Reid said the city’s seen no lobbying and has received only one email asking Bluffdale to shut off the water. It came from a man in the Midwest. The contract prevents such a move, anyway.

"We can turn [the Utah Data Center] water off," Reid said, "as long as we turn everyone else in Bluffdale’s water off."

Reid said the city bid to supply water to the Utah Data Center to help build improvements that will aid the city in future growth — not to make money off the NSA. The intent, Reid said, is to benefit Bluffdale residents.

"We accomplished that with the bid," Reid said.


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