Golf Courses Adopting Innovative Solutions for Water Conservation

Golf Courses Adopting Innovative Solutions for Water Conservation

by Vikas Vij
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Tuesday, June 23, 2015 - 8:00am



Golf courses around the U.S. use about 2.08 billion gallons of water per day for irrigation. This comes to nearly 130,000 gallons per course per day. Golf industry is under pressure to find solutions to make the courses more sustainable. New types of grasses, new irrigation technologies, and innovative layouts that are more environment-friendly can help to address the challenge.

In California, which has entered the fourth year of an extremely severe drought, Governor Jerry Brown has announced a statewide mandate to reduce water consumption by 25 percent. The state is home to about 1,140 golf courses, and a reduction of water use by a quarter would reduce daily consumption by 37 million gallons, which is equivalent to about a million bathtubs full.

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Vikas is a staff writer for the Sustainable Development news and editorial section on Justmeans. He is an MBA with 20 years of managerial and entrepreneurial experience and global travel. He is the author of "The Power of Money" (Scholars, 2003), a book that presents a revolutionary monetary economic theory on poverty alleviation in the developing world. Vikas is also the official writer for an international social project for developing nations "Decisions for Life" run in collaboration between the ILO, the University of Amsterdam and the Indian Institute of Management.