BOCA RATON, FL, Feb. 18, 2010 -- St. Andrews Country Club of Boca Raton has completed a $1.2M extensive Reclaimed Water Project with Palm Beach County Water Utilities Department (PBC Water), providing re-useable, sustainable irrigation to maintain the Club's two championship 18-hole courses, 15 Har-Tru® tennis courts and extensive landscaping around the Club and community common areas.
Water shortages in South Florida are chronic and worsening and the South Florida Water Management District has imposed restrictions which limit the amount of water used for irrigation and other purposes. Residences and business are only permitted to water general landscaping twice a week during specified hours while the threat of additional restrictions remains constant, especially in the sun drenched summer months.
Roy Schwedelson, President, Board of Governors, St. Andrews Country Club affirmed, "Implementation of reclaimed water throughout St. Andrews ensures the availability of irrigation water, especially facing the prospect of even harsher use restrictions being imposed in the future. Reclaimed water, which is freely useable regardless of other watering restrictions, also enables us to help our community and our neighbors by conserving water."
The Palm Beach County Water Utilities Department is the leading supplier of reclaimed water in South Florida. PBC Water filters and disinfects effluent wastewater until it meets stringent federal and state standards, and this type of reclaimed water is safely used for irrigation throughout the country. PBC Water and Caulfield and Wheeler Inc. together designed a plan to connect to the existing PBC Water pipeline which formerly terminated near south Linton Boulevard and west of Jog Road. The new pipeline runs south within an existing utility easement along the existing canal until bridging across to enter St. Andrews Country Club. At this juncture the water discharges into an existing lake near the 12th green of the Palmer Course.
"St. Andrews Country Club is committed to conserving water by using reclaimed water wherever possible as part of our continued efforts to ensure and maintain Platinum level standards while protecting the value of the Club and Member's property," stated Craig D. Martin, Chief Operating Officer and General Manager. "This is just another example of how we are working towards Green Operations throughout our facilities as much as possible."
Al Prince, Greens Committee Chairman and Governor at St. Andrews Country Club, who spearheaded the Reclaimed Water Project mentioned, "Our golf courses will benefit since the turf can absorb relatively large amounts of nitrogen and other nutrients often found in recycled water while maintaining a consistent lake level throughout the property." He went on to thank George Kervern, St. Andrews Country Club Golf Course Maintenance Director, for his efforts in ensuring the project was completed on budget and in a timely fashion.
About St. Andrews Country Club
St. Andrews Country Club is a resident-only club, ranked 15th by the Platinum Clubs of America and is internationally recognized for magnificent estate residences. The Club features superior amenities, two 18-hole championship golf courses, including an Arnold Palmer Signature Design®, 15 lighted Har-Tru® tennis courts, a state-of-art spa and fitness center and a 125,000 square foot Clubhouse in the center of it all. The Clubhouse provides unequalled culinary delights, a year-round social calendar and offers spectacular views of the lakes, fountains, fairways and manicured greens. St. Andrews has played host to numerous PGA golf exhibitions led by touring pros such as Phil Mickelson, Arnold Palmer, John Daly and Rocco Mediate, and is the home course to LPGA Touring Professional, Morgan Pressel. www.standrewscc.com.