California golf courses squeezed by conservation mandates

08/6/2008 | San Francisco Chronicle

Under orders to cut water consumption by 30%, golf courses in the San Francisco Bay area are turning off sprinklers, collecting runoff, even drilling wells in an effort to keep the fairways green. "Golf courses are twice as efficient as any residential user" when it comes to water, according to the California Alliance for Golf, but as conspicuous consumers they have come under increased scrutiny. With environmentalists critical of well-drilling, industry leaders fear courses will be asked to bear the high cost of treating and recycling rainwater if they want to remain in operation.

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