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City golf course circumventing drought restrictions?

Original post made by South Pleasanton on May 30, 2014

I hear the city or the operator of the Callippe Golf Course (experts at circumventing and finding loopholes so that the law does not apply to them) is purchasing water that is arriving in multiple tanker trucks per week and is irrigating the city's golf course using that water.

So how much are city taxpayers paying for the water that is being hauled in to keep the golf course grass green?

Comments (2)

Posted by cosmic-charlie, a resident of Downtown
on May 30, 2014 at 1:53 pm

I don't have an answer to your specific question but let me say this, if there is not a minimum amount of water put on the golf course all of the grasses could die and that would be disastrous. The intention is to water only the fairway landing areas and the greens and keep them in good shape. All the rest of the golf course will be allowed to brown out. The brown areas will receive a very minimal amount water only to keep the grasses dormant and not from dying.

If the grasses are allowed to die completely then all of the root base that has been built up will be gone making the condition of the fairways all hard-pan.

The water that is being used is reclaimed from Dublin. Is not aquifer water, only recycled water. My understanding is they are getting 8 truck loads a day of reclaimed water [1.4Mgals/Month].

If you were to go up and look at the golf course today, you would find that the driving range is completely brown and all of the fairways you will find brown areas as well.


Certainly the cost of the water is small compared to the cost of the damage that a complete lack of water with cause. The golf course is an asset to the community, and is doing its part.

By the way, most of California suffers droughts all the time. Our whole state water capacity was built for 16 million people and was completed 40 years ago. We now have close to 40 million and have not added any more capacity to the state system. So if you want someone to blame, blame the politicians for not getting the job done and building more storage, which we need if you're going to have more people in this state… that is so common sense! We need to be cutting back and conserving, absolutely! Politicians? It's their responsibility to make sure that if you're going to have this many people in this state that we have enough water for everyone….duh


Posted by lll, a resident of Birdland
on May 30, 2014 at 3:37 pm

I thought I heard somewhere that the golf course was purchasing recycled water to water the fairways. That might be what the water trucks are delivering.


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