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Building an Action Plan for Smart Water Management

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Digital Realty, a leading global provider of data center, co-location and interconnection solutions, was on a mission to improve its water strategy, minimize overall water use, ensure reliable performance and protect its operations from water-related risk.

Digital Realty Wanted To:

  • Understand how much water was being used, and where, in its data centers
  • Increase water resiliency and redundancy to better respond to growing water quantity and quality issues
  • Improve monitoring and measurement through digital tools

Partnering with Ecolab, they developed a three-step action plan:

Prioritize at-risk facilities that required immediate action, using the Smart Water Navigator

The team developed a prioritized matrix that organized sites and helped them identify sites with the greatest operational water related risk.

Evaluate water use practices at every site using the Ecolab Smart Water Navigator

The tool helped the team focus on specific steps that local teams could take to improve water use and efficiency, tailored to each of their sites.

Use Nalco Water’s 3D TRASAR™ Technology to provide water strategy effectiveness

Nalco Water’s 3D TRASAR™ dashboards provided enterprise-wide visibility, measurement and monitoring of water use, helping the team track, trend and compare water use across all data centers and quantify savings from water projects. 


With Ecolab’s Smart Water Navigator and a plan for action, Digital Realty now has a more effective strategy to manage water at its data centers, a greater understanding of water in its organization and the ability to improve and protect its operations, watersheds and communities.

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Ecolab’s Smart Water Navigator is a publicly available tool that helps businesses understand water-related risks in financial terms to inform responsible growth and generates an actionable step-by-step guide for each facility, tailored by industry, location and current water performance.



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