Is It Worth Keeping The Golf Courses Green?

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Editor:

On the front page of the Tuesday, May 28 issue of the Payson Roundup, you printed the following quotation: "I would urge ... any water customer in Arizona to think twice about how you are using ... water." (Heather Murphy, Arizona Corporation Commission) This quotation reaffirms the fact that Payson, and the entire Southwest is suffering extreme drought conditions; a situation not likely to change in the foreseeable future according to the National Weather Service long-term outlook.

Meanwhile, I wonder if the average Payson citizen is aware of the fact that it takes approximately 1 million gallons of water per week to keep an average golf course green. Thus, between the three Payson golf courses, of which I am aware, we are spewing 3,000,000 gallons of a very precious resource weekly just so the few who play golf can enjoy green grass. Absurd!

All of the water in the Payson region originates from a common ground source and it makes no difference from which well in the area the water is being pumped. Each and every wasted drop counts.

To the owners and managers of the various Payson area golf courses, I beg you, heed Ms. Murphy's advice. And, if you do think twice about the water you are so frivolously wasting, I'm sure you will totally shut down your unnecessary watering activities.

If you do so, thank-you from all of us who live here. Perhaps we will be able to avoid the pending "mandatory restrictions" which your waste is likely to cause. If not, I urge the local citizenry to actively pursue you to stop.

R.D. Jones, Payson

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