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.

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