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San Francisco Golf Links Getting Green(er)

Posted: Nov. 8th, 2012  |  By Michael Pearse
TPC Harding Park getting refreshed
Noah Berger/The Chronicle/SF

Golf courses use a significant amount of water to retain their aesthetic beauty throughout the year and, as some San Francisco golf courses have made the transition from fresh to reclaimed water, we're finally seeing golf courses use methods to reduce their impact on the environment. The greens are going green, if you will. 

For the first time in decades, using pristine drinking water from Hetch Hetchy Reservoir is no longer the only way to keep the grass green in San Francisco.

Last week, recycled water from a wastewater treatment plant in Daly City began irrigating TPC Harding Park golf course, located on Lake Merced. The new system includes a 700,000-gallon underground recycled water storage tank, a new pump station and about 4,800 feet of pipeline along Lake Merced Boulevard.

"We're basically delivering recycled water to a facility in San Francisco for the first time in a long time," said Steve Ritchie, the water enterprise assistant general manager at the Public Utilities Commission.

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