Note by Marc Aupiais
The good people at Rand water have given us permission to publish a press release of theirs, with this note:
"Please note that the water consumption figures given in the Foreword are based on what is available in the literature. We are working with the Golf Course and Greenkeepers Association to obtain more accurate water use figures relevant for SA golf courses."
" INFORMATION - PRESS RELEASE
Launch of Water Wise Guide for Golf Courses (Published by Rand Water)
The Department of Water Affairs has estimated that Gauteng will face a water shortages from 2013 as demand begins to exceed supply, unless water usage is significantly reduced. In response, Rand Water, which supplies Gauteng and neighbouring areas with potable water, commissioned a review on how golf courses in semi arid countries around the world, including South Africa, are conserving water and the environment.
This 48-page magazine provides extensive information on all aspects of water conservation on golf courses. Topics include viable site choice, environmental conservation, water harvesting and storage and high-tech irrigation techniques. A section on maintaining water purity includes wetland preservation and construction, advice on fertiliser and pesticide use, how to manage spillage, and recycling.
Golf course developers, designers, landscapers and greenkeepers will find this publication invaluable as it is both inspirational as well as practical. Illustrations of the principles involved are provided, as well as highlighted information on how golf courses all over the world are reducing water usage and being environmentally responsible. On the practical side a list of resources is included at the end of the publication.
Water Wise Guide for Golf Courses (2010). Published by Rand Water. To download the Water Wise Guide for Golf Courses, go to www.randwater.co.za, click on the Water Wise logo, and then click on the link below "Golf Courses". For the Rand Water Water Wise Hotline, tel: 0860-10-10-60"