Are golf courses exempt from water restrictions?

All major city departments are concerned with one of four levels of drought warning, but are golf courses exempt from water restriction measures or are they subject to minimal restrictions? Is it? This is what some statements and tweets from La France insoumise deputies suggest.

During a drought, overfilling pools is prohibited, but golf courses must reduce consumption by 20% and drink water between 7:00 pm and 8:00 am.s” declares the deputy LFI of Marseille Hendrik Davi on the social network Twitter. He adds:18 holes require 5000 m3 [d’eau]/ Day“. Speaking to CNews on Tuesday 2 August, Manuel Bompard, LFI deputy for Bouches du Rhônes, considered the sector unacceptable for his part.”e.g. golf course“be”exemption from restrictions“water.”unacceptable class determinationhe continued on Twitter.

Drought management is carried out within the framework of legislation and recommended national guidelines according to four severities: vigilance, vigilance, heightened vigilance and crisis. Prefectural ordinances are then taken at the local level, and depending on how the drought develops, in consultation with the Water Resources Board, it is decided which zones are at which level and which restrictions are associated.

For golf courses, the general framework is that drought warning thresholds should prohibit daytime watering and reduce weekly consumption by 15-30%.Water withdrawals should be recorded in the register each week. On high alert, water consumption has been reduced by at least 60% and watering is prohibited except for tees and greens (grass mowed very close to the hole). of total area. Finally, during the so-called crisis phase, there is a ban on watering. The green can be night.”By reducing water to what is strictly necessary“Except when drinking water is in short supply.

These measures were decided in the framework of an agreement between the sector and ministries of ecology, environment and agriculture for the period 2019-2024. This includes a commitment on the part of the sector to raise awareness and take action to protect biodiversity. They can be strengthened at the local level if governors or mayors deem the conditions to require it.

Climate change will make droughts more frequent, more severe and longer lasting in the coming years. Under these circumstances, French golf’s commitment is reflected in more rational management of water resources.It is written on the website of the French Golf Federation. Asked by Franceinfo, federation president Pascal Grizotto was surprised by the figures presented by Hendrick Davi, deputy prime minister of La France, although he acknowledged that this is a high water consumption. The national average annual consumption of golf courses is 25,000m³ per nine-hole section per year, the federation explained, and the estimate given by the Vice-Chairman is 36.5 times higher than he actually is.

The figure of 5,000 m³ of water per day provided by the LFI MP of Marseille is based on the reports of the Senate from 2002-2003 and those produced for some statistics in 1992. I’m here.A premier 18-hole golf course andAt the time, he reported:There are so many differences between golf courses that they are dangerous to establish. average”. “French Golf has been working with the Ministry of Environment, Agriculture and Sport for more than 20 years and is committed to reducing water use by more than 30%.” Pascal Grizot says:These objectives have been achieved. ”

However, the federation said on its website that at this stage, ” that’s all 20% of golf courses benefit from supplies that can be considered ‘sustainable’: rainwater harvested and stored in reservoirs, raw water from large irrigation canals, and water reused in water treatment plants. . ” Over 70% of golf courses use natural irrigation water (ground water and surface water) Almost 10% use water from the public network (hence drinking water).

Either way, golf courses have been hit hard by water restrictions, which also explains why certain courses are dry and yellow. I conclude thatConduct awareness-raising and educational activities to enable them to understand and appreciate the implications of these conservation and solidarity measures among water users;“.

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