Technology, as we all know and understand, can move mountains. Hence, it comes as no surprise that it is totally changing the face of golf courses in PA, United States. When availability of water became an issue to keep golf courses running, the hand of technology saved the day.
Wireless sensors were installed in the Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, PA a few years ago to keep the turf fast and dry. This technology helped conserve water to a very large extent. These subterranean wireless sensors monitor moisture, temperature and salinity in the soil and provide this data to a software network accessed remotely on a laptop, a handheld device or a desktop computer. This system can even be used in athletic fields, in agriculture and in both home and commercial landscaping and in parks.
It was reported that this method will aid in reducing ten per cent of water use. This amounts to millions of gallons of water each year. At such rates, the system would pay for itself within the first year, depending on the volume of water a course uses. In one particular instance, it was said that in this particular golf course, the club would save a total of more than 100 million gallons of effluent water. This translates into an average of 18 million to 20 million gallons per course for the year.
Golf, it is believed, accounts for 0.5 per cent of annual water usage in the United States. Golf courses are getting more and more independent from municipal fresh water systems. 86 per cent of them are now using some other source like recycled effluent water, surface water or water treated by reverse osmosis. Also, a large number of golf courses are opting for keeping their turfs drier than what they did before.
Water, like is now widely understood, is a highly prized element. It does not come easy and it costs a lot too to have a lot of it at hand for any given purpose. If there is a manner in which we can save or conserve this one commodity, it really does help matters. For one, the water conserved can be utilized for some other more pressing task where it is needed even more. If this system of sensors is helping in doing this, then there should be no reason to not introduce it even more widely in golf courses, perhaps even all over the place.
Technology, as such, should be taken as a boon, not a bane. If it does ease up situations, then it should be utilized to its utmost. Especially when it is well understood that it will help in preserving our delicate environs. Why just PA or the United States alone, this method of conserving water is something which is of use in other parts of the world as well. It is just a matter of sharing valuable information and data with those who are in a situation similar to ours and to help them overcome the malady.