SAWTELL Golf Club will soon have a greener golf course without using a drop more fresh water, thanks to funding from the Federal Community Water Grants Program.
The club has received $47,574 to expand its re-use water irrigation project, which will allow it to replace the 16-year-old pumps it has been using ever since it pioneered water reuse.
The club waters its tees and greens with treated water from the Sawtell sewage treatment works.
The upgrade will allow the club to irrigate more of its fairways.
The Member for Cowper, Luke Hartsuyker, yesterday announced 15 water grants, totalling $566,000 to help with water-saving initiatives in the electorate.
He said the community groups, sports clubs and environmental organisations would together save 178 million litres of water each year as a result of the efficiency measures they would be able to introduce.
Other projects funded are for Toormina Public and High Schools which will instal rainwater tanks and use the collected water to irrigate the schools' ovals.
Bellingen Shire Council will save 80 million litres of water a year by installing pressure-reducing valves and water-saving devices.
Glenreagh Primary School Parents and Citizens Association will use collected water to supply the school's toilet blocks.
Mr Hartsuyker said the announcement of the grants was timely given that today is World Water Day.
"A focus on sustainable and water-wise initiatives can deliver real outcomes for the local community," he said.
Applications for Round 2 of the grants program will be called shortly.