Residents Upset over the Case Blanca Golf Course's Water Use
Many residents have noticed the Casa Blanca Golf Course watering at all times of the day. Lauren Kendrick spoke to someone at the golf course and has that story.
Concerned resident, Debbie Lamb, says, “I cruise down that road and go to Lake Casa Blanca everyday, and it caught my eye to see the golf course sprinklers on at 2:30 in the afternoon.” She says she doesn't understand why the golf course is allowed to water freely when the city of Laredo is on a water restriction. We spoke to the head golf professional of the Casa Blanca Golf Course about the resident's concern. He said they received many calls about it too. Rudy Gonzalez says, “We actually pump city affluent water all day and have actually shut off our well to save some of our water.” He goes on to say that the city and county have recently agreed to give the golf course 500,000 square feet of sod as an improvement project which requires a lot of watering.
“We're in a growing period of some new sod. We can't let that burn up. It's a big investment from the county.”
Although the golf course uses their own source of water, a concerned resident wants them to have a little more consideration saying, “No, I don't think they're taking any consideration because if they were, they wouldn't be watering in the afternoon.”
Gonzalez says he understands how everyone feels, but since the county owns him or her, they aren't under the same restrictions saying, “My lawn's burning up, my family's lawn's burning up. I understand but we have a different water source fortunately.”
Debbie lamb wants the people at the golf course to conserve the water just in case the drought lasts longer than we expect, and we have to tap into their water source. She goes on to say, “Whether it's well water, fresh water, whatever, water we might have to depend on them for water.”