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A clear way to sustainability

Pollution prevention and water saving are two issues for golf courses to address

Sustainability is a key concern for the entire horticulture industry. CropCare highlights one method aimed at making it easier for golf courses to achieve their goals of becoming sustainable.


Sports & Parks

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21 July 2015

Sustainability is a topic at the forefront of conversations across the horticulture industry at present. In particular this is an area of concern for golf courses due to increasing pressures from new legislation to reach sustainability requirements.

It’s becoming increasingly evident that optimism is returning to golf clubs throughout Ireland and Europe and many clubs are keen to build on this. This too brings challenges for golf courses to tackle compliance and efficiency issues to establish their environmental standings placed on them.

The EU Water Framework Directive, due for implementation this year, is fast becoming the driving factor to address inadequacies at many golf greenkeeping facilities throughout Europe. The directive has been enshrined in law by EU member states and is enforced by government agencies. Severe penalties are at their disposal to ensure compliance and to prevent pollution.

According to Cropcare two areas that need to be addressed by golf courses are pollution prevention and water saving. “Pollution prevention is the main concern and hydrocarbons found on every turf maintenance machine are not permitted to enter the groundwater. Water saving is a major consideration too. It has been calculated that in excess of half a million litres of water can be wasted each year on a typical eighteen hole course by wash-off. That is not only very costly to those paying for water but a terrible waste of a diminishing and increasingly valuable natural resource” explains Cropcare.

To address these areas and to clearly demonstrate an investment in the environment and sustainability, the solution is to install a washpad water recycling system and a dedicated washpad. According to Cropcare very few genuine full biological recycling systems on the market and some “solutions” do not actually recycle.

One recycling system that meets all legal requirements “ticking all the boxes” is ClearWater, a UK designed and manufactured genuine recycling wash system from Highspeed Group Ltd., distributed in Ireland by CropCare of Delgany, Co. Wicklow.

CropCare believes that “ClearWater has the distinct advantage of being totally unobtrusive, as it is installed safely below ground. Unaffected by extremes of temperature and allaying worries over bacterial formation such as Legionella, ClearWater with its stable and low operating temperature is the ideal choice.” CropCare adds that “ClearWater is well established in the UK and sales have expanded to Ireland, France, Germany and the USA in recent years with a further European expansion underway.”

For more information on ClearWater contact Cropcare on E-mail: or call Tel: 01-2874485

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