California drought, first thing we do is kill all the golf courses


Thank you, Palm Springs, for being such incredibly selfish and piggish water hogs, especially now, during the serious California drought. The Greater Palm Springs area, located in a baking desert, has 110 water guzzling golf courses. Palm Springs is by far the biggest per-capita residential area user of water in the state, which is unquestionably due to the huge numbers of golf courses pumping aquifers dry so a few overly-entitled rich people can play golf when it’s 110.

Verson uses a whopping 94,111 gallons per day per-capita. However it is entirely big industry, lots of meat packing plants and the like, with very few residents, and a history of corruption. I’m sure water issues are uppermost in their minds.

“There are things like differences in yard sizes, but quite frankly — this is something most people don’t want to admit — if you are in a wealthier community, people tend to use more water because it is inexpensive for them,” said Chris Brown, former executive director of the California Urban Water Conservation Council, a Sacramento nonprofit.

Water needs to be metered and when used for non-essential purposes like lawns in arid or semi-arid area, be expensive or banned. That goes triple for golf courses. California needs to get serious about water.