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Nov 02, 2007

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John D. Young

Bluegreen has made the claim that they plan to draw an average of around 100,000 gallons of water a day from the Haw River for up to seven years to water the proposed Patriot's Landing golf course. But to establish new turf in drought conditions significantly more water (over four times as much) may be required. They plan to draw this water during assumed high water times on the Haw (similar to the plan by the City of Greensboro)and place it in a retaining pond for use during the summer. No retaining pond would last long with a repeat of a N.C. 2007 drought and then water must be drawn from the Haw River at low water times with many negative consequences.

According to an article on Turfnet.com -- "Water use on the average golf course is 300,000 gallons per day. In some regions, that amount can be less than 200,000 gallons or more than 400,000 gallons per day. Looking at these same numbers over 30,000 rounds of golf per year reveals that a single round of golf requires about 3,650 gallons of water."

http://www.turfnet.com/features/rossi_water_less.php

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