WENATCHEE — An engineering firm determined an 18-inch water main will be "sufficient" for proposed Microsoft cloud storage buildings in Malaga.
RH2 Engineering's memo in Chelan Douglas Regional Port Authority's agenda packet published Friday stated the water main would work, but may need to change "as more information regarding this potential facility is obtained." RH2 has been designing updates for several months to the Malaga Water District to accommodate the proposed buildings.
“At this time, we don’t have any further information to share on our Malaga development,” a Microsoft spokesperson said Friday.
Microsoft plans to possibly build six data center buildings on 102.5 acres along the Malaga Alcoa Highway.
Two of the buildings will need between 150 and 250 gallons of water per minute daily, according to Friday’s documents. The district’s three wells supply about 980 gallons per minute combined, according to a district comprehensive water system plan in 2018.
A 5,000-foot-long water line is being ordered now to ensure its debut next year as part of upgrades to the Malaga Water District.
The 18-inch line will run from the 72.5-acre Lojo Property to Saturday Avenue and must be in place in 2023, before Microsoft begins constructing its first building.
The possible $40 million in water district improvements is expected to provide more water to the area and help cool Microsoft’s potential six cloud-storage buildings.
A previous version of this story incorrectly stated the sizes and locations of three proposed Microsoft buildings in Malaga were published online. Information in a Chelan Douglas Regional Port Authority agenda instead showed hypothetical building locations and sizes.
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