CAPE CORAL, Fla.- It takes half a million gallons of water to keep the Palmetto Pine County Club in Cape Coral green. And that's a problem, because it's only allowed to take a certain amount of water from city canals.
But there is a solution that will benefit the golf course, and the city.
Video from March 2012 shows the canal the golf course gets it water from shrinking in the dry season. Even with the summer rains the course's 6 ponds only fill up about 5 feet, which is only 1-2 days of water supply.
Bill Gray is on the board of directors at Palmetto Pine Country Club. He's come up with a solution to increase the irrigation supply and decrease the need to pump water from the canals.
It comes in the form of a $5,000 dollar slide gate.
"It minimizes our pumping from the canals, gives great flexibility and operator use, they can merely pump for 2 days and then they dont have to pump for the week," Gray said.
Once the slide gate is installed, it will give the golf course the ability to raise the water levels in its ponds up to 6 feet. That adds an extra ten days of irrigation and also improves the water quailty.
Gray says that extra foot of water spread through the course's 6 ponds makes a big difference.
This doesnt cost taxpayers, because the club is paying for the slide gate.
The club hopes to install the slide gate by July.