Wednesday, 29 October 2014

VIRTUAL WATER 2014

The project begins in Palm Springs located within the Cochella Valley region of Western California. 
Unlike other parts of the USA the golf courses and outdoor leisure activities continue throughout autumn and the winter months due to the warmer temperatures. 
Palm Springs has a total of 47 golf courses using millions of gallons water. The water is not recycled in any form and comes from the same reservoirs as drinking water. 
Thunderbird Golf Club. Palm Springs CA October 2014. Marcus Doyle

All of the golf courses in California use Bermuda Grass which turns brown as the temperature cools. Rye seed is added to the grass which is then continually watered allowing the course to be usable despite its dead appearance. On this particular day the temperature was 110 degrees.

La Quinta Resort. La Quinta CA. October 2014. Marcus Doyle

Many of the small ponds within the golf courses had been allowed to dry up, but the sprinklers and fountains continue early in the morning and late in the day. 

The PTA tournament golf course in Cabazon CA. October 2014. Marcus Doyle

Gene Autry Trail golf course over looking Soak City. Palm Springs. CA. October 2014. Marcus Doyle

When you mention water waste, or bad water management, the first thing most people think of are water parks. But this is not the case as the water is constantly recycled and very little is actually wasted. Any loss of water would be a loss of profits.

La Quinta Resort. La Quinta. CA. October 2014. Marcus Doyle

One very obvious waste of water is the over use of sprinklers. Golf courses may use millions of gallons of water to keep their greens, but this is nothing in comparison to the amounted wasted over often small lawns and patches of fauna across the state. Any water that finds its way to a drain is then washed out to sea.


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