As we continue to recover from the worst drought in more than 50 years the need to preserve water is now more important than ever.
College Station and some private golf courses are now using treated sewage water to keep their grounds green.
David Coleman is in a balancing act; keeping Veterans Park well watered while also keeping the supply flowing into area homes.
He's director of Water Services for College Station.
"When they're irrigating all these ball fields in the summer that's when the demands are the highest and by taking some of that demand off of our well field we're able to defer the capital cost of building another $8 million well," Coleman explained.
Now the city's biggest water waster is going green.
A new $3.3 million pump and water facility will soon start watering Veterans Park with treated sewage water or effluent from Carter Creek.
The project has been in the works the past ten years at a time when water can become scarce very fast.
Jennifer Nations is the Water Resource Coordinator for College Station.
"When wastewater goes through the treatment plant it starts off really yucky nasty dirty stuff and it goes through a complex treatment process. It's very highly treated," Nations said.
College Station's plan will save about 25 million gallons of water per year or 250 million 12 ounce bottles of drinking water. To look at it another way it's enough water to last the average American 489 years!
Reclaimed water also flows at Pebble Creek Country Club and at Traditions Club in Bryan, where Superintendent Jesse Shulse says they've been saving money since the course opened in 2003.
Traditions' reclaimed water comes from Bryan directly to the course's lake.
"We try to minimize it by doing a heavy water once a week and then just supplemental throughout the week," said Shulse.
Working with a critical resource in a less wasteful way.
College Station water officials tell us you could see the system in residential homes one day but they'd have to be master planned communities for feasibility.
Signs will be put up at Veterans Park in the coming weeks warning the public not to drink the water out of sprinklers or hoses.
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