Laurel Hill Golf Club Joins Reclaimed Water Program
The fairways at Laurel Hill Golf Club in Lorton, VA are green. And now, they are getting greener with the application of reused, treated wastewater, a proven source for irrigation water that is safe, cost-effective and good for the environment. The program will begin this summer.
The Noman M. Cole, Jr. Pollution Control Plant Water Reuse Project will provide up to 24 million gallons of treated reclaimed/reused fully treated water to irrigate the golf course. Reclaimed water will also be used for ball field irrigation at Lower Potomac Park and for energy processing at the Covanta Energy Resource Recovery facility.
There are many benefits associated with this type of use of reclaimed, treated water. Reclaimed water goes through an extensive filtration and disinfection process. It is monitored and tested continuously to ensure that it exceeds state and federal safety standards. Facilities that use reclaimed water mark locations that are irrigated with clear signage. It is safe to use for irrigation and is typically used is this way in several southern and southwestern states. However, people should not drink reclaimed water.
- The use of reclaimed water means that Fairfax County can conserve valuable drinking water, preserving an estimated two million gallons of drinking water per day.
- Reclaimed water use reduces the amount of nitrogen and phosphorous that reaches the Chesapeake Bay. Applying reclaimed water to vegetated areas filters out remaining trace amounts of nitrogen and phosphorous which would otherwise flow to the Bay. These chemicals act as nutrients for the vegetated areas reducing use of chemical fertilizers.
- Use of reclaimed water generates revenue for the county. In the long run, the county will earn money from selling reclaimed water, helping to offset taxpayer costs. The Park Authority will be one of those customers this summer.
Golf course users will not notice much change. Reclaimed water will be used for irrigation generally when the course is closed, when golfers may not be exposed to the water. Signage on the course and stickers placed on golf carts will notify visitors about the use of reclaimed water. Reclaimed water will not be used in proximity to streams or bodies of water. This project is coordinated with, and permitted by, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality and local agencies. Funding is partially provided through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.