Water conservation resources

Water is a key resource for golf course operations, as well as a key impact area for the environment and community. Water management begins with measuring, tracking and analyzing water use. You have to know where you are to set goals and make improvements in a manner that demonstrates sustainability. One facility may be able to immediately incorporate a weather station and soil sensors, while another may only be able to reduce turfgrass areas or modify irrigation practices.

You should plan for both short- and long-term best management practices to achieve success. Short-term BMPs may range from hand watering, reducing watering times/volumes, or not letting water run unnecessarily. Long-term practices may include the use of technology or converting to a different turf species. You and your facility should set water efficiency and conservation goals as initiatives in conjunction with your business objectives.