Golfing with sprinklers
Can you maybe assist me in clarifying why all citizens of the Western Cape should be saving water, but the Strand Golf Course can use their sprinkler systems literally every day, for between three to five hours?
And, specifically during the day, and not at night or early morning?
I live in De Velde and have a view of the golf course, and of this abuse of water.
Its lawns are green and lush from all the water used.
Even if the management of the golf course claims it is using borehole water, the new restrictions implemented also governs the use of boreholes.
What seems to be even more amazing is that people play golf while the sprinklers are on, and it seems that they don’t even care that water is being wasted.
Jacques Fouche, EMAIL
Theuns Pool, captain of Strand Golf Club, responds: Strand Golf Club has an official contract with the City of Cape Town to purchase treated effluent water from the Zandvliet Wastewater Treatment Works in Macassar solely for irrigation purposes.
This treated effluent water is collected in our dams and then used for irrigation. Boards to this effect have been placed around our premises to inform the public about these measures. At no time do we use borehole water – as stated by the complainant – as we do not even have a borehole on our premises.
The letter writer is, therefore, illinformed.
Further, we are fortunate that all the rainwater from the adjacent housing complexes flows into our dams when we are blessed with rain.
As a responsible municipal facility, we frequently remind our members of the water shortage; hence, our showers were closed six months ago. We want to reiterate that Strand Golf Club is run responsibly with regard to water saving, and we strictly adhere to all the municipal regulations.