The drought this summer season prompted the Loire prefecture to place restrictions in place. VNF (Waterways of France) for instance took the choice, on August 21, to ban navigation on the Roanne-Digoin canal to save lots of the levies in the Loire which feeds the canal from Roanne.
In this context, the continued watering of the golf course with water pumped from the river scandalizes environmentalists, and specifically members of opposition teams from the Roanne municipal council and inside the Roannais Agglomeration.
Thus, Franck Beysson printed on August 10 an aerial photo where the golf course appeared as a well-isolated island of greenery. “Seen from this kind of little corner of paradise where water abounds, it is not surprising that for a certain secessionist elite, drought and climate change are not so blatant,” famous the metropolis councilor of opposition. The elected official additionally disputes the indisputable fact that the pipeline which provides the golf course was financed by Roannais Agglomeration, for 376,000 euros.
Yves Nicolin: “The equivalent of a teaspoon”
The govt of the Agglomeration specifies that this funding was taken under consideration in the sale of the land to the buyers. And that the golf course has an annual withdrawal authorization of 100,000 m3. “This represents 0.0031 m3 per second”, notes the president, Yves Nicolin, “as he releases 17 m3/second of the dam; it is the equal of a teaspoon! »
He recollects that the investor pays a charge of 455 euros for the use of water. Finally, the Agglo had proposed to farmers to hook up with the pipeline. Only one got here ahead, however would have refused to finance the pipe work to his residence.
Christophe Jullien, one of the house owners of the Domaine de Champlong the place the golf course is positioned, provides that the golf enlargement undertaking couldn’t have been finished with out this pipe, specifying that the trench made additionally made it attainable to go the fiber.
“We have reduced our water consumption by 30%”
“We pay for all maintenance out of pocket. We are accused of watering, but we have the right to do so, we are not illegal. It was a deal between us, the Agglo and the Region. »
He points out that the owners of the golf course have invested in an intelligent watering system (75,000 euros). “Each sprinkler is individually computer-controlled, which allows us not to waste water and to select the places to be watered or not”.
While the golf course has a pumping permit of 100,000 m³ per year, 36,000 m³ was used last year. “This year, we will be more around 80,000 m³. We are making efforts, like everyone else, ”underlines Christophe Jullien. “We have reduced our consumption by 30%, compared to our needs. We water every other day, we have areas that are voluntarily dried out, because they are not necessary for the game”.