MALAGA — Microsoft plans to build six data center buildings on 102.5 acres along the Malaga-Alcoa Highway. The project could need 780,000 more gallons of water per day than Malaga Water District's 360,000 gallons of water per day in the summer, by the time the first building is complete in 2025.

Engineering firm RH2 since January has designed several options to bring more water to the Malaga Water District, including one with a $39.5 million price tag, according to a memo from the firm. The option includes new water mains, a new well, reservoirs and pump station.

Emily Thornton: (509) 861-2174 or

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