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A city in Oregon sues Google to keep the company's water usage a secret

Dalles, Oregon, has filed a lawsuit in an attempt to keep Google's water consumption a secret.

After only a few days, a critical City Council vote on a $28.5 million water agreement between the city and the tech giant will take place.

Following a previous ruling by Wasco County's district attorney who determined that Google's water usage is public record and ordered The Dalles to provide that information to the news organization, the city is attempting to have that ruling overturned, according to The Oregonian/OregonLive.

On Friday, the city filed a lawsuit, pleading with a judge to intervene in the case.

As part of its ongoing expansion in The Dalles, Oregon, Google is considering the construction of two new server farms on the site where a former aluminum smelter once stood. The city already hosts an enormous campus of data centers on its riverfront property.

However, neither Google nor the city of The Dalles will specify how much additional water is required to cool its data centers – only that the city's water system is unable to meet Google's cooling needs unless the system is significantly expanded. According to the terms of the agreement, Google will be responsible for the upgrade.

When it comes to the proposed water agreement in The Dalles, a riverfront city about 80 miles east of Portland with a population of about 15,000 people, there has been some concern and skepticism.

The city's long-term water supply, which is under threat from an ongoing drought, is causing concern among residents and farmers in the surrounding area. In their complaint, they claim that they are unable to obtain sufficient information about Google's actual water consumption.

Google is being sued by the city of Portland, Oregon, in an attempt to keep that information private, claiming it is a "trade secret" protected by Oregon law.

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