In this series, company representatives comment on water issues and what their products can do to help superintendents be more efficient in achieving healthy turf.

David Mears, Director, Highspeed Group Ltd.

David Mears. Photo courtesy of Highspeed Group Ltd.

David Mears. Photo courtesy of Highspeed Group Ltd.

Q: Why should superintendents today be concerned about water recycling?

A: Water is a precious resource, and we all need to play our part in conserving, rather than wasting water. Besides, water is becoming an increasingly expensive commodity.

Q: Do superintendents realize how much water they can save by using a recycling wash system?

A: Maybe not, but most are environmentally aware and rising water costs have focused attention on this. Thousands of gallons of water can be saved by washing down golf machinery with a genuine water recycling system. It’s not unreasonable to say that a typical greenkeeping department could save more than 130,000 gallons of water a year.

Q: More than ever, superintendents are looking to you for answers to help them with water-saving technology. Is there pressure that comes with this responsibility? Why or why not?

A: Water saving is one of the driving forces behind superintendents seeking water-saving solutions. But there’s pressure on them to prevent pollution and be pollution-compliant. No superintendent wants to be held responsible for polluting. There are many wash station solutions available, so making the right choice carries responsibility.

Q: Describe how superintendents can use your company’s product to achieve a more sustainable operation?

A: Investing in a ClearWater system is a cost-effective way of preventing groundwater pollution and meeting EPA requirements. ClearWater offers an efficient, fast wash off and, being below ground, operates at a low and stable temperature. This means micro-organisms perform better and there’s far less chance of harmful bacteria forming.