VIDEO: Reducing the impact of future water restrictions on golf and sports turf

Owen Turpin, water resources regulation manager from the Environment Agency, Tony Hanson, managing director at Environmental Solutions International, and Robin Price, director of quality and environment at Anglian Water talk about the temporary use bans and changes. With these preventing golf courses and sports turf irrigation in 2025, they say we need to act now to create water resilience.

Turpin argues an above average rainfall is now needed throughout winter to bring soil back up to a normal level of water and refill reservoirs, rivers and lakes. He adds 3,435 million extra litres of water per day is needed to address future pressures by 2050, which is an increase of a quarter compared to now. 

Price says they will be continuing to tackle leakages, adding that there is a huge deficit coming and reducing demand won’t be enough. He believes Non-Essential Use Bans will be coming and this will affect golf courses and sports turf.

Price gave examples of golf courses that are trialling sustainable ways of watering which included The Wisley Golf Club, Royal Ashdown Forest, Berkhamsted Golf Club which has roof water collection, and Walton Heath Golf Club which is looking to collect water runoff from the M25.


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