Harding Park Golf Course to irrigate with recycled water

Harding Park Golf Course

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San Francisco has received final approval from the state to begin using recycled water to irrigate the links at Harding Park Golf Course, the San Francisco Examiner reported Monday.

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission plans to use recycled water from a North San Mateo County Sanitation District facility that already provides water for several other golf courses in San Francisco and Daly City. The SFPUC reportedly has already built an underground storage tank at Harding, as well as a pumping station at Lake Merced and thousands of feet of pipeline for the project.

The switch to recycled water will allow the City to stop using valuable drinking water from the Hetch Hetchy water system to irrigate the golf course’s grass.

The City had previously used well water for irrigation, but stopped doing so in response to environmental concerns about overuse of the underlying aquifer, which also feeds Lake Merced. More recently, the City has also discussed drilling wells on the west side of town in order to provide a backup source of drinking water.

The SFPUC is also planning other recycled water projects including a wastewater recycling plant near Ocean Beach at the Oceanside Wastewater Treatment Plant, the Examiner reports.

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