|| We have been actively involved with golf
course irrigation schemes utilising good quality treated
courses rely upon a plentiful supply of irrigation water.
This can be jeopardised by the Environment Agency's
"Water Resources Strategy" which aims to
protect and preserve the water environment.
Existing water resources are being diminished
due to excessive abstraction and climatic changes. The
water supply policy recognises that public demand has
priority over other demands, for example water for golf
Water for irrigation is scrutinised very closely and
could become unavailable due to limited water supplies.
Abstraction licenses are subject to periodic review and
may be varied or revoked at any time to improve the
supply to problem areas.
The "Water Resources Strategy" considers the
balance of resources and demands, the future demands for
public, industrial and agricultural water supplies, the
need to improve 'low flow rivers' resulting from
excessive abstraction and the selection of water resource
options required to meet justified needs. These
considerations will have an effect on a large number of
golf courses. The predicted increase in the need for
water is likely to cause a deficit in most areas whilst
present water abstraction levels have resulted in the
decline of many rivers with associated loss of habitat
Spray irrigation requirements are generally at their
highest at times of the year when the flows of
groundwater, rivers and streams are at their lowest. In
some parts of the country the peak drought demand for
spray irrigation is currently exceeding water
The Environment Agency can apply legislation to restrict
abstraction for spray irrigation during periods of water
shortage. The restrictions are never popular but they are
essential to protect the environment.
DHA Pollution Control believe that investigation and
implementation of alternative water efficient schemes
must be considered to meet the increasing demand for
DHA Pollution Control has been actively involved in a
number of projects to promote the re-use of treated
effluent as a valuable resource of irrigation water. The
schemes have attracted unanimous support from Statutory
Authorities and have been of significant benefit to the
environment whilst ensuring the long term sustainability
and viability of the Golf Course.