GLRPPR Sector Resource: Water Savings Under Par
Water Savings Under Par
A recent survey by the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) reveals that 29% of 18-hole golf course facilities voluntarily participate in an environmental stewardship program. Throughout the US, 25% of golf courses have increased their irrigated acres by an average of 13 acres over the past five years, according to information released by the GCSAA. That same survey also shows that 27% of the nation's golf courses have experienced an increase in water costs, while 70% report no change at all. Those sites that have experienced an increase in water costs have seen an average of 31% increases. Additionally, 12% of the nation's golf courses are using reclaimed water. Half of the survey respondents say that reclaimed water is unavailable, while 13% say there is no infrastructure to deliver the reclaimed water that is available in their communities. Those statistics are drawing a picture of water-use trends at golf courses throughout the US. As water supplies continue to diminish and costs continue to skyrocket, it is no surprise that the GCSAA survey revealed what it did. Article by Carol Brzozowski.
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