During Drought, California Golf Courses Pillaging Water Supplies


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The shocking truth about California’s dwindling water supply.

Ads urging residents to “Make It A Quickie” when showering and restaurants withholding water unless it’s ordered are just a couple of the things Californian residents have gotten used to since Governor Jerry Brown declared its drought a State of Emergency in January 2015.

When Jerry Brown mandated water usage for the first time in California’s history, there was renewed optimism that the Golden State would be saved. While somewhat successful, none of Jerry Brown’s methods have had enough impact to turn the catastrophe around.

The Governor’s changes are making a small dent, but no one in California can deny that home water use is merely a “drop in the bucket” compared to the state’s thirsty outdoor business. Farms consume the most water (80% of the state’s developed water), but you can hardly blame them. In fact, farms were excluded from the 25 percent water reduction rule.

The biggest culprit? Golf. The average course in Palm Springs uses the same amount of water in one day as a family uses in five years. The 123 golf courses in palm Springs use almost a quarter of the region’s groundwater.

The one positive is that the golf industry is beginning to take measures to recycle water, albeit the sport is falling short.


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