Los Alamos National lab reduces water use in 2014

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LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) – Los Alamos National Laboratory says it has cut down on its water use by more than a quarter.

And about one-third of the savings last year came from the switch to reclaimed water for cooling a supercomputing center at the northern New Mexico lab.

The lab’s reclamation plant contributed more than 27 million gallons of re-purposed water to the Strategic Computing Complex, a secure facility that supports national security work and is one of the institution’s larger water users.

The reclamation plant collects industrial wastewater and treats it for reuse.

Officials say the overall reduction in water use was thanks to a combination of conservation, the repairing of leaks and upgraded low-flow fixtures.

New Mexico has been dealing with severe drought for the past few years.

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