Golf courses

The facility provides recycled water for golf courses in the valley

PHOENIX – It’s no secret that water is life in the desert. It also protects the livelihoods of all who live here.

Golf courses are particularly vulnerable to water problems. But some of North Scottsdale’s newer golf courses have a unique deal with the city. The Groundwater Management Act 1980 prohibits new golf courses from using groundwater for irrigation. So in 1998, several courts spent millions to help build a state-of-the-art water treatment facility. It can turn sewage water into water clean enough to drink in just 24 hours.

“This facility has the ability to put water back in the faucet. We are the only facility in the state of Arizona with a direct potable reuse permit. We could take that water and we can supply it. people to drink,” said Brian Biesemeyer, executive director of Scottsdale Water. But he is quick to note that this is not how recycled water is currently used.

Instead, up to 20 million gallons per day are used to irrigate the golf courses that helped pay for the installation. Greenskeepers also receive low-salt water, which is better for their turf.

While 70% of Scottsdale’s spring water still comes from the Colorado River and residents are urged to conserve it, due to the unique arrangement between the golf industry and the city, up to $1 billion gallons of water have been reused in the past three years. decades.

“Thanks to this installation, since 2006 we have actually put more water into the ground than we take out every year,” explains Biesemeyer. “We completely stopped tapping groundwater and pushed water into our aquifer.”