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.
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.