As one of the largest private real estate developers in Washington, D.C., Lerner Enterprises is no stranger to aggregating information and storing it in its large data centers.  But Lerner was facing some common problems experienced by many large organizations: data centers are expensive and are an environmental burden.

In fact, they often use as many resources as a small city—one of the most widely used operational elements being water.  Water is used in data centers to combat the excessive amount of heat that is generated from servers that are constantly in use.  Surprisingly, a single data center can use upwards of 360,000 gallons of water every day.  This water, which is stored in cooling towers, must be treated in order to prevent corrosion, scaling and the formation of mineral deposits.  If left untreated, dangerous microorganisms can also grow that can be harmful to humans.

The Silver Bullet Solution

SBlogoLerner wanted to do its part to promote eco-friendly data centers without going bankrupt in the process.  Since water plays an integral role in ensuring system uptime, the development company needed to find an affordable cleansing solution.

As a solution, Lerner implemented the Silver Bullet Water Treatment Solution, an electro-chemical system that conditions water to disinfect and de-alkalize the liquid.  The water treatment technology has been found to remove 99.8 percent of bacteria in cooling towers, as well as the growth of Legionella, which causes Legionnaire’s disease.

The Results

After only 16 months of use, Lerner saved enough water to fill more than 75 Olympic-sized swimming pools.  Silver Bullet’s water treatment technology is installed in 19 Lerner data centers across the country, saving the company more than 1,000 megawatt hours of electricity as well as more than one million gallons of water annually.  Additionally, the company is able to realize substantial cost savings across manual labor, significantly reducing the time that it would otherwise have to spend cleansing its data centers.

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