Posted: Dec 11, 2012 5:04 PM by Caroline Flores - firstname.lastname@example.org
Updated: Dec 11, 2012 6:49 PM
CORPUS CHRISTI - People here in Corpus Christi are under mandatory watering restrictions. Today the city council approved a project designed to prevent millions of gallons of water from being wasted.
Lake Corpus Christi is more than half dry holding drinking water that city officials know we desperately need to conserve.
Some of that clean fresh water is currently being used to irrigate the 140 acre golf course at the Corpus Christi Country Club, a place many residents have probably never even visited.
But that's about to change, the city plans to spend $2.4 million in tax money to save your drinking water. The city is extending an existing pipe line that carries recycled, or effluent, water from water treatment plants like this one at Oso Bay.
"Water that we use to irrigate the golf courses... if it comes from recycled water, water already through the system, that means every gallon we use of recycled water is a gallon we don't have to use that comes out of our lake system," said Director of City Engineering Daniel Biles.
The city already uses this recycled water at about five different golf courses, conserving about 1 million gallons of fresh water a day. With the extension expected to be done by this summer, the Corpus Christi Country Club golf course will next. This way our drinking water won't have to be used to water grass.
"For comparison purposes, that one percent or that million gallons a day is roughly what thirty-five hundred homes use," said Biles.
The Corpus Christi Country Club uses 80 to 90 million gallons of water a year to water their golf course. So come this summer that will be 80 to 90 million gallons of water that will be conserved.
"And so this will be a great savings for the city especially with the drought situation," said the Corpus Christi Country Club general manager Dale Telford.
City officials hopes the trend of using recycled water to irrigate fields will continue. They plan to eventually use recycle water to irrigate city parks and athletic fields.
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