Water supplies throughout the world are being depleted, but golf courses aren’t doing enough to reuse water. The average American uses 100 gallons of water per day. Of that, nearly 30% is used in the bathroom. But golf courses use more water than all of our homes combined.
In fact, a single 18-hole golf course can use up to 300 million gallons of water each year. That’s a lot when you consider that the average American uses about 100 gallons a day. Of that, nearly 30% is used in the bathroom.
Since golf courses use more water than all of our homes combined, maybe it’s time to take a page out of their book and start using recycled water on our lawns to conserve this precious natural resource.
California is now in its fourth year of severe drought, and many golf courses around the country are adding restrictions on watering greens. They’ve been forced to use less water to keep their greens alive because the groundskeepers need to preserve however much water they have.
Rather than reducing how much water they use, golf courses should be looking at ways to reuse water as much as possible. Golf course operators could help solve this issue if they installed systems that recycle water, but unfortunately, most of them don’t.
Currently, only 1 percent of all golf courses in the United States use recycled water. That’s a shockingly small number, considering how many courses there are, and it seems like a massive waste for these courses not to recycle any of the water they use.
Recycled water would be almost identical to what golf courses currently use. After treatment, recycled water can become purified, and it will contain no waste or bacteria that could harm people or plants. Additionally, it would take a lot of pressure off California’s natural resources and other dry areas around the country.