Stormwater makes greens greener - Marion Golf Park

Find out how stormwater is being used to irrigate Marion Golf Park.

 City Limits Magazine Issue 47 December 2014 front coverThis article appears in City Limits magazine - Issue 47 - December 2014.

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Marion Golf Park is turning on its water taps, making its greens greener and saving money thanks to an innovative stormwater reuse scheme developed in partnership with the City of Marion and Boral.

Stormwater from Boral’s adjacent Linwood Quarry is being fed to the course to irrigate the fairways, greens and tees, reducing the club’s reliance on pumped bore water which traditionally requires high amounts of electricity.

So far this season the club has replaced about 5.5 megalitres of bore water with stormwater, slashing its monthly electric bills by around 25 per cent, the equivalent of $20,000 per year.

The quality of water used for irrigation has also improved, which will further enhance the course said Marion Golf Park’s greenkeeper Brendan Hancock.

“Stormwater is less salty than bore water and we mix the two together which improves quality and gives us enough to irrigate the course,” Mr Hancock said.

City Limits Magazine - Dec 14 - Issue 47 - Stormwater golf course“This will improve the quality of the grass, making it less prone to disease, and help us make the greens greener.

“We started using the stormwater in September, which was ideal as we are now up and running for summer when will need the water most.”

Stormwater from the quarry is collected in a large pond and treated with a sedimentation process which uses gravity to remove solids naturally before it is pumped to the golf course where it is used for nighttime irrigation.

The course typically uses 80 megalitres of water a year.

The Linwood Quarry Stormwater Scheme cost about $300,000 and was funded by the City of Marion as part of its Healthy Environment Plan.

Marion Golf Park is a nine-hole public course, open seven days a week, boasts unique views of the sea and coastline and is located at 1 Clubhouse Road, Seacliff Park.

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