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Local Golf
September 24, 2017

Grey Water Goes Directly Onto Golf Courses
By R.J. Smiley

The Psychic waves the beverage cart over on a hot humid day in mid-May. "I'll have a bottle of water please," the Psychic says as he reaches for his wallet buried deep in the right hand pocket of his golf bag.

The polite young woman hands the clear plastic bottle filled with purified, spring water to the Psychic and says, "That will be $3 sir."

The psychic thumbs through the bills and pulls a $5 bill from his wallet. He hands the bill to the attractive young woman. "Just give me a dollar and you keep the other. Thanks for being here and keeping an old man from having a heat stroke," he says with a smile.

The Psychic removes the bottle cap and takes a long refreshing drink. With the back of his hand he wipes a drop from his lip as he replaces the bottle cap. Then he notices that the bottle is more than half empty. A thought rushes through the Psychic's brain. "I just drank $2 worth of water... in one gulp."

For the balance of the round the thought was in the back of the Psychic's mind. Water is everywhere. Water has always been free. Now drinking water is more expensive than gasoline. On the drive home the Psychic realized that pure water or the lack of it, is approaching a silent crisis point. Flint Michigan and other cities have been poisoning their citizens for years.

Water. Water. Water. The Psychic could not get water, pure water, out of his mind. "Why do we pay $3 for 12 ounces of water? Why don't we drink water on the golf course from a paper cup filled from public water cans placed at regular intervals throughout the golf course?"

Seeking answers to these nagging questions, the Psychic uncovered his tell-all crystal ball. But, before he could concentrate... he must heed the call of nature. As he watched the water swirled down the bowl when he flushed the toilet, the Psychic questioned: "Where does that water come from? Where does that water go? As the world population continues to expand, will there be enough water?"

"People must use a huge amount of water?" he thought. "We take showers and baths. We wash our cars. We wash our hands. We wash our dishes with automatic dishwashers. We irrigate our lawns. How about golf courses? How many millions of gallons of water must it take to keep all the golf courses beautiful and green? Where does all the waste water go? What is being done to solve this problem?"

As his mind pondered these questions, the crystal ball began to glow. From the back of the glowing ball the Psychic sees rivers and streams flowing toward the sea. A growing quantity of this water was being diverted into municipal water plants where the man made impurities are filtered from the water. Then the purified water was pumped into huge water towers where it is gravity fed through pipelines into homes and businesses in these communities.

The problem is that those communities, industries and farms and ranches down stream that depend on that water are running short of that precious liquid.

Those same communities, industries and agri-businesses in turn pollute the water again, only to be purified once again down stream.

A lightening bolt flashes, the Psychic sees a cross section of the earth. The aquifers that were once filled with pure water, that was naturally filtered through sands, are now critically low. Wells that once pumped this pure water to the population on the Earth's surface are running on empty.

Then the future comes into focus. The Psychic sees golf courses using "grey water," water with the solids filtered out but still impure, to irrigate golf courses. He sees municipal water plants that normally pump waste water, that has been filtered and purified, back into rivers, pumping that water back into aquifers to replenish their liquid volume rather than being drained directly into the sea.

The Psychic nods his head in the affirmative as he begins to understand. "Like most of mankind's mistakes, they must become a critical issue before solutions are identified."

Now he understands why purified water is more valuable than gasoline. Americans water supply is so polluted with all kinds of impurities that each time it is recycled, as it flows down stream, from community to community, many of those impurities remain. Not knowing what impurities might remain in tap water, we choose instead to drink bottled water.

The Psychic ponders: "What might a bottle of purified water cost in the next century."

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