Bluffdale releases water bill for NSA data center

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BLUFFDALE -- FOX 13 has obtained a water bill for the National Security Agency's massive data center here.

Under a public records request, Bluffdale City released a bill summarizing the Utah Data Center's water usage dating back to 2011. The bill reveals the center -- which is reportedly still under construction -- uses millions of gallons of water a month.

In January 2012, the bill reveals the Utah Data Center used 3.8 million gallons. In April 2012, that number plummeted to 58,000. In July 2013, the water consumption skyrocketed to 6.2 million gallons.

On average, the NSA's Utah Data Center uses between two and four million gallons of water each month, said Bluffdale City Manager Mark Reid.

Read the water bill for the NSA's Utah Data Center here

Bluffdale City provided the numbers to FOX 13 under a public records request. The city initially would not release the information claiming it would harm security at the data center. A state records committee ruled the information is public after an appeal by the Salt Lake Tribune.

The Utah Data Center is gargantuan: it stretches miles on Camp Williams. FOX 13 has previously reported the facility will house data halls storing vast amounts of information gathered by the spy center. That much data requires a lot of cooling -- and water to cool the storage devices.

Initial estimates are that when fully operational, the Utah Data Center will use as much as 1.7 million gallons of water per day.

By comparison, local Internet service provider XMission used 115,000 gallons of water last month to cool a 10,000 square foot data center. XMission CEO Pete Ashdown looked at the water bill and wondered where it was going if the center wasn't completed yet.

"They're not fully operational and they're still using that much water? Because an empty warehouse you don't need to cool," he said. "They're still using that much water, so what is going on?"

It is unknown exactly how much the NSA has paid Bluffdale for the water. Reid told FOX 13 the billing amounts attached did not match the rate the agency was getting for the water, nor was the city providing that number.

Reid did say the city was reusing some of the water that goes through the Utah Data Center. It was being recycled, watering the city's parks.

But many critics of the NSA believe the city should shut off the water to the Utah Data Center.

"By delivering water at a discounted rate, the city of Bluffdale is subsidizing a federal agency's daily violation of our rights, which we consider unacceptable," said Connor Boyack, the president of the Libertas Institute, a Libertarian think tank.

"Utahns, who live in a desert where water is a scarce commodity, should reject -- and not assist -- efforts to spy on innocent men, women and children."


  • C. Merrill

    Keith Alexander reported on 60 Minutes for the world to hear the position of NSA with regard to monitoring phone calls and e-mails of Americans. He said that NSA has never gathered the content of phone calls and
    e-mails unless there was “…a probable cause finding under a specific court order”. He reported that there are less than 60 such Americans worldwide in this category. See the show dated Dec. 15, 2013….

    I have met Keith Alexander and I know quite a bit about him; I believe him. We need to remember that we have had no more terrorist strikes here on American soil since September 11, 2001. NSA has had something to do with that. Maybe we need to thank them for that.

    • My Correct Opinion

      Sheep. BAAAAAA!

      They have no legal excuse for gathering ANY data on American citizens without probable cause and a warrant. And if you believe the nonsense you just posted then you know nothing about data mining or its purposes.

      As for the “no terrorist strikes” nonsense: There are so many thing wrong with THAT statement it’s hard to know where to start, but my attitude can be summed up thus: “Those who are willing to trade freedom for security deserve neither and will lose both.” Always.

    • My Correct Opinion

      Incidentally, can you or anyone else point to a single example of the NSA’s domestic spying on an American citizen preventing a “terrorist strike”? The NSA has already admitted that it’s never happened even ONCE.

      They don’t spy on us to “prevent terrorism.” They spy on us because they CAN. Because information is POWER. And governments always take all the power they can get away with.

      • My Correct Opinion

        Oh, and when they claim they don’t look at the content of your communications they’re being disingenuous. Their COMPUTERS look at it, and kick any communications with certain keyword “flags” up the ladder for human examination.

        So yes, it’s true that NSA employees are not personally spying on everything you say. But the NSA is. Just because it’s a computer doing it and not a human doesn’t make it constitutional.

        What, exactly, are they “defending”? What is worth defending if we give up our freedom and privacy? We’re just a third world banana republic.

        One thing is true, though: If we voluntarily give up the freedoms that the bad guys hate, then they are certainly less likely to attack us. A bank that gives away all its money is less likely to be robbed. Burn down your house and no one will burglarize it.

    • lynnea1

      Mr. Alexander could be the most honest person in the world for all I know, but what makes you think that the NSA would tell him the truth on anything?

      I’d rather live in a free, more dangerous world than to be held safely without my liberties.

    • Jeff

      “We need to remember that we have had no more terrorist strikes here on American soil since September 11, 2001.” Where were you the past 13 years. What about Boston, Fort Hood, Benghazi just to name a few. You think we are safer? We just traded one terroist for a tyrant.

  • brad white

    why cant they recycle the water and use it again unless they add chemicals or something to it pump it back into the lake or construct water tanks to pump it to to use it 1.5 million gallons a day is a lot of water

    • My Correct Opinion

      It’s used for evaporative cooling of all the supercomputers they’re running. It would be very difficult and expensive to build the gigantic condensers required to reclaim even a fraction of that water.

  • Bill

    You know what seams strange to me, is on the same day they reported this on Fox 13 news, in the same breath they are telling us that we have to conserve water and that some County’s have already put restrictions in place…If it’s going to take 1.5 million gallons a day what are we going to drink? Where is this water coming from? No doubt Utah’s water sheds, so don’t drink water so we can spy on everything you say…That Make’s Obama Care really look good!!!!!

  • lynnea1

    Putting all else aside, why did Utah let them build this monstrosity knowing that water is not a plentiful resource?

    • amy

      This is the NSA. Right? I think it is funny that you want to know why Utah let them build this? You mean… like when we all voted for Obama care…or common core? Our the Freddie and Fannie debacle?
      Do you think Utah voted on this? You think they wanted it? You are hysterical. I live here… seven miles from this… I can tell you… The MAYORS of the cities that border this were the last to know it was coming. They PUT it on Federally controlled BLM land across from Camp Williams. Maybe the bigger question should be… why is 60% of all the land west of the Rockies controlled by the Federal Government? Why do we let them do that?

  • I don't have anything to hide

    I personally believe if you don’t have anything to hide, why are you worried about the government “spying” on you? I would most definitely rather raise my children in a world with less violence and crime and not worry about who is watching me. Like I said, of you have nothing to hide, then there isn’t anything to worry about because you haven’t given them probable cause to spy. If you have given them probable cause, then I’m more than happy they caught you in the act.

    • Marie

      It is not the government’s right nor responsibility to spy on it’s citizens. They work for us and we pay billions in taxes for these wasteful programs. Terrorist attacks were not common before the NSA and they are not all that common now (at least in this country). The bulk of violence in this country, including a seemingly growing number of mass shootings, are being carried out by our own people. What is the NSA or TSA doing to prevent these shootings at schools, theaters, malls, and even our own military bases? Nothing. They couldn’t even prevent the Boston Marathon bombing and the older brother was a murderer prior to that incident. Crime should be fought on a local level and all the money being wasted by the feds should be given to local law enforcement for resources and better education programs in schools.

      • Marie

        And don’t even get me started on border situation…If the drug cartels have the time to build sophisticated tunnels into our country without our government catching on….until long after the fact, what good is their spying? Then there is the disgusting epidemic of human trafficking and pedophilia….what are they doing about that? Not enough. They are focusing their attention and our resources on the wrong issues.

  • elusiveparticle

    Hello, I have some very important information for you, if you would, please share it with as many people as you can as soon as possible.

    No Well Water is safe or suitable for animal consumption or plant growth, Fluorine is the 13th most abundant element in the earths crust, and water obtained from the ground will be contaminated with very high levels of Fluorides (fluorine + a positive ion). One small glass of Well Water, on average, contains the Fluoride equivalent of one pea sized dab of Fluoridated Toothpaste, this is about 0.7 parts per million of fluoride, however, any amount of fluoride exposure is incredibly harmful for all biological life.

    We have effectively increased our exposure to Fluorides on average by 50,000% when we choose to expose our selves to this water source, that is in comparison to the majority of our evolutionary history of drinking surface waters that contain which contain roughly 500x less fluoride, although, some wells may even be contaminated with levels as high as 12+ ppm.

    I believe that most people do not understand the science of why fluoride’s are so dangerous, so I’d like to explain why, but first I’d like to point out the fact that we are the only life on this planet to dig deep holes in the ground to obtain water to drink, at least deep enough to contaminate our water with high levels of fluoride in this way.

    The safest alternative is distilled water, or rain water (I suggest a collection time during long periods of rain to avoid polluted air contamination), filters like reverse osmosis do not do enough and they hardly filter the majority of fluorides at all because most naturally occurring fluorides are relatively small compounds, but they may help filter many larger fluoride compounds like those which may be additionally added to water supplies by many city water suppliers. Regardless of which fluorides are getting through, distilled water, or rain, will remove them all, except those leached into water droplets through out atmosphere, rain will be especially vulnerable to this and there are about 50 parts per billion of hydrogen fluoride / other fluoride gasses in our atmosphere, but rain collected should contain less than 0.008 parts per million of fluorides on average.

    So, why are fluorides dangerous…?

    Besides specific bond formations that may occur within the body and disrupt normal biological processes, like that of calcium bonds in our bones rather than our teeth due to excessive fluorides in the blood stream, here is the key issue behind fluorides disastrous effects, which continue be disastrous even after bonds like this occur.

    “Electronegativity”, which is the tendency to draw in electron mass, is a fundamental atomic property of all the elements on the periodic table, out of all these 118 elements of the Periodic Table, the element fluorine has the highest Electronegativity, and, more importantly, one eighth of the entire spectrum of Electronegativy for these Elements on the Periodic Table, is a gap between Element Oxygen, and Element Fluorine.

    Let me just repeat that once again…

    1/8th, of the entire spectrum of Electronegativity, for the elements on the periodic table, is a gap, between elements oxygen and fluorine.

    That kind of Electronegative energy, drawing in electrons in a biological system, (which is a finely tuned system of exchanging electrons), will extremely distort functions of biological systems, especially systems that have not evolved to cope with the levels of Fluoride they are being exposed to.

    We are 70% water like most life on this planet, and only throughout roughly the last 100,000 years or so have we begun digging these holes in the ground to obtain water.

    Evolution does not occur rapidly enough for this fluoride contaminated water to really be called “safe” by now, one quick example of the the slow progression of evolution is that we split from Chimpanzee’s / Bonobo’s nearly 7 million years ago.

    There is roughly 500 times less fluoride in natural sources of water like rain, or springs, even rivers and lakes, than there is in this water from holes in the ground. Drinking and using this water for farming, globally, is destroying our bodies, developing a wide spectrum of health issues for us, our pets, and our plants, I’m sure you’ve noticed we are the only wild animals getting cancer.

    A good example of the powerful Electronegativity that the Element Fluorine has is when experiments are done in it’s pure state as a Gas, in this state, it is so reactive, that almost any substance, Glass, Metals, or even WATER, BURN, with a Bright Flame in a Jet of Fluorine Gas, WITHOUT the need for a Spark.

    This incredibly high Electronegativite Energy still lingers even after Fluorine forms a bond with positive ions, and these are what we call “Fluoride’s”.

    Among the wide spectrum of various health Issues fluoride can cause, Cancer is a big one, but i’d like to focus on another not so obvious symptom of fluoride exposure.

    I think it is crucial to understand this particular issue, i’ll start with the fact that we are 70% water, we need a lot of water each and every day, and our body can detect the amounts of Fluoride, along with the minerals that end up in our water as it is processed for use in the blood stream, and if this amount is higher than the natural levels we have evolved to cope with, our brains have evolved a coping mechanism which attempts to put a damper on precious processes such as higher cognitive functions involved with imagination, functions that are involved with implementing new neurons, or functions that strengthen new neurons and neurons already in use for more reliable access. This damper is done as a way to preserve these functions for more significant moments, which will be judged by your conscious thought and with emotions, rather than just allowing these functions to be used all the time, because doing so would damage neurons your trying to strengthen if there are fluorides present in the blood stream. (this is hard for me to explain so I hope you understand.)

    This damper is the reason why cognitive dissonance occurs in the minds of so many people, many of us who are so heavily poisoned by these fluorides would much rather rely on a set of neurons that are already hardwired and therefore reliable, than to risk developing new ones that may be distorted by the presence of excessive amounts of fluorides.

    Stress, Anxiety, and Depression, are emotions that help you to overcome this damper that the Human Brain Implements, these emotions help your conscious mind in ways that get you “worked up” enough to use these higher cognitive functions, it is like forcing your brain to use these parts it’s trying to preserve (imagination and functions that are involved with implementing new neurons) because your consciously telling it that you think what your doing is extremely important. A good example of this, is if your having a discussion with your boss at work and he is noticeably upset because you didn’t do your job right, you’ll stress your self out over this kind of event in order to strengthen particular neurons for more reliable access so it won’t happen again.

    That sort of behavior can cause someone to act impulsively, i’m sure you’ve seen it many times even with your self, we want to stick to a set of reliable and hardwired neurons, as if we know it all and we don’t need improvement on our methods or awareness of particular things… and many times cognitive dissonance will occur as we try to avoid stress, anxiety, and depression, as we are met with concepts perhaps true, which seem counter intuitive to us.

    To make it short, excessive fluoride in the blood stream can literally makes it stressful to try to imagine and develop new ways of thinking… Your brain is telling you not too do something via these emotions, because of fluorides present in your blood stream, and unless you overcome this stress with your conscious judgement of importance, like realization of truth and excitement for learning this truth, cognitive dissonance will occur.

    Money, and other various ways of cultures, will keep us plugging along sticking to Hardwired Neurons doing something we wish we weren’t doing, or preforming a job which barely pays at all, perhaps worthless and unsustainable as well. There are many various ways our cultures promote these bad ideas, among each other in this adversity, must stand up for the rights of our planet, to live sustainability, to do so we must use our consciousness to it’s utmost potential, that means getting off of fluoride as soon as possible…. that’s the first step I believe. Money is evil in the sense that it is a false incentive and provides many unconscious opportunity’s for the destruction of our planet, it will promote the success of particular neurons, meanwhile demoting others, and we rewarded our selves self chemically when we receive “money” for doing a job right, or when we receive / spend / have money, this strengthens those neurons even further, it’s all about money sometimes, and not the actual thing it’s self.

    Rain (Like Distillation) = Averages 0.008 ppm (parts per million) fluoride.
    Surface Waters (For example, Lakes, Rivers, Springs) = Averages 0.05 ppm fluoride.
    Bottled Water = Averages 0.1 ppm fluoride.
    Well Water = Ranges from 0.7 – 12+ ppm fluoride .
    Tap Water = Ranges from 0.7 – 12+ ppm fluoride (In america, the maximum allowance is 4.0 ppm, regulated by the FDA).

    Additionally fluoridated water supplies often use chemicals we’ve never even come into contact with throughout the last 3.5 billion years of evolution here on earth, for example, chemicals like Sodium fluorosilicate (Na2SiF6)and HydroFluorosilicic acid (H2SiF6). Fluoridation of a public water supply is medication without consent.

    Some Of The Easiest Thing And Most Important Thing You Can And Should Do Immediately to avoid the majority of Fluoride Exposure, Is to drink distilled water, and to avoid tea or tobacco, they both contain very high levels of fluoride.

    Distilled water is very inexpensive, it cost roughly $0.88 for a 1 Gallon jug which is available at nearly every grocery store, otherwise you can order it from a water supplier like “Culigan”, for nearly the same price.

    Please start drinking distilled water, or rain water (collected sometime near the end of a storm, during a long duration of rain preferably, to give time to clean the atmosphere and avoid polluted air contamination) as soon as possible, drink, cook, and process your foods with this water.

    Distilled water and rain water, are the process of evaporating water, collecting and condensing the Vapors, which will leave you with 100% uncontaminated (no dissolved solids) h2o.

    If your worried about not getting enough minerals anymore once you switch to distilled water, let me assure you that if you eat acidic fruits, or add some lime or lemon (Organic) to your distilled water, you will be completeeeely fine… and feeling much better than you were before.

    For water with more alkalinity, you can add coconut water to your distilled water, and there are plenty more options out there for you to try, but a proper food diet is all that is necessary, many fruits will contain all the minerals you need in your diet, Banana, Cantaloupe, Water Melon, etc, fruit is incredibly healthy, especially raw fresh fruit, which happens to contain incredibly low levels of fluoride as well, especially if grown organically.

    Home Water Distilling Units range in Price from 100$ which is sufficient to start drinking, to 1000$ which will be ridiculously efficient, supporting your entire Family and a Home Garden as well, although rain can be very sufficient for a home garden if unpolluted, rain water (<0.008 ppm fluoride)

    If you decide to distill rain, or even reverse osmosis water, you will never have to clean your distillation unit, you will only need to drain the water from the boiling tank occasionally and replace the post filter every 2-5 months.

    Fluorine is in low friction "plastics" such as Teflon which is a molecule comprised of only carbon and fluorine atoms, when Teflon Coated Cookware is Heated, it will release Carbon Fluoride Vapors into the Air or into your Food, do not use Teflon for this reason, and it is well known to cause cancer,

    Aluminum is very dangerous as well, it will increase the toxic build up of Fluorides in the Human Body, avoid aluminum cookware because it aluminum has a low melting point and if scraped, bits of it will end up in your food, small amounts may boil off into water or evaporate like Teflon as well.

    Aluminum is the 3rd most abundant element in the Earth's Crust, and Fluorine is the 13th most abundant element in the Earths Crust: An average of 950 ppm of Fluoride are contained in it. Top Soils contain approximately 330 ppm of Fluorine, ranging from 150 to 400 ppm. Some Soils can have as much as 1000 ppm, and contaminated soils from industrial processes have been found with 3500 ppm.

    Rain water has 0.008 ppm as I've mentioned, and it is what the majority of the water that the Life on this Planet has evolved to cope with, waters are further contaminated when they make contact with the surface of this planet, and the further down those waters go before they are dug up from wells for various human purposes, the more contaminated they are going to be.

    Fluorine that is located in Soils may potentially accumulate in Plants, Especially the Tobacco or Tea plants, i'd like to suggest to you that you avoid exposing your body to these two plants in particular, you can find very credible information on wikipedia about them and their fluoride contamination.

    The amount of uptake of fluoride by Plants depends upon the type of Plant, and the type of Soil, and the amount and type of Fluoride found in the Soil / Water.

    Too much Fluoride, whether taken in from the Soil by Roots, or absorbed from the Atmosphere by the Leaves, retards the growth of Plants and reduces Crop Yields. Growing plants with well water is like pumping the fluoride equivalent of 25 to 100+ tubes of fluoridated tooth paste in with the soil throughout the plants life… that's because well water averages a 0.7 ppm contamination of fluoride… and unfortunately that is what I assume the majority of our foods are grown with at this time.

    With Plants that are Sensitive to Fluoride Exposure, even Low Concentrations of Fluoride can cause Leaf Damage, and a Decline in Growth.

    Although Fluoride was once considered an Essential Nutrient, the U.S. National Research Council has since removed this Designation due to the lack of Studies showing it is essential for Human growth.

    It is important to note that if Fluorides are absorbed too frequently it will cause Calcification of the mammalian Pineal Gland. The Pineal Gland is Biological Filter for Fluoride. It has the most Profuse Blood Flow 2nd only to the Kidneys, with the Highest Concentrations of Fluoride throughout the entire Mammalian Body, ranging from 20,000 ppm to 25,000 ppm.

    Both the Pineal Gland and The Kidneys turn Fluorides from our Diet / Blood Stream (note: Smoking, Vaporizing, Water Vapors in the shower, Air (15-50 ppb) into Calcium Fluorides, which are safer to process out of the body. The Pineal Gland processes built up calcium fluorides to safely exit the body through urine at night, the process involves the molecule n,n-DMT which is produced naturally in the Pineal Gland, many plants contain this molecule, and this molecule is good medicine for decalcification of the Pineal Gland if taken before your sleep as concentrated dried plant matter (nearly boil plant matter containing n,n-DMT, let settle for an hour, scoop off top layer of water and dry it in a glass dish), the urge to urinate will increase and you should wake up to do so accordingly. The molecule n,n-dmt neutralizes the electronegative effects of fluorides in the blood stream by clumping together with fluorides to help them safely exit the body.

    If these two filters cannot handle the fluoride they are being exposed to, then Fluorides may end up in other calcium deposits throughout our bodies, like our Bones, which can cause Skeletal Flurosis, (which may lead to Arthritis or Joint Pains), this may even be the general cause of Arthritis.

    Dental Flurosis (White spots on Teeth) which may lead to Tooth Decay, is an obvious sign of wider systemic damage.

    An obvious indication of a significant reduction in fluoride exposure to your body is remembering your dreams from each time you sleep, and vividly.

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    You are experiencing a subjective reality, and there are many others experiencing a subjective reality as well, but we are all the universe it's self, and so we must not activate neural pain networks.

    Much Love,

    – И

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