Anthem Country Club was recognized with the inaugural City of Henderson Water Conservation Award. The recognition was earned due to course renovations the membership made during the summer of 2022 that now save an estimated 39,458,980 gallons of water annually. –By Brian Hurlburt, founder.
General Manager Shelley Caiazzo and Director of Agronomy James Symons were among those on hand to accept the award at the June 20 City Council meeting. Symons was key in ensuring the project was completed successfully.
“This award is significant for Anthem Country Club,” Symons said. “The members made it a priority to get in front of the ‘new normal’ by opportunistically converting all of the fairways to bermudagrass while closed for the greens renovation. This award validates their initiative and how excellent conditions can still be provided in non-overseeded scenarios such as this. Plus save significant water in the process.”
According to the City of Henderson, the newly implemented award program was created to recognize Henderson water service customers that have made outstanding achievements in any of the following water conservation areas:
- Water-efficient landscape redesign
- Renewable water policies and practices
- Environmental stewardship
- Community outreach programs
- Water loss reduction
- Employee education
- Water savings contributions
- Process optimization
As the inaugural winner, Anthem Country Club achieved the following:
- Removed 362,611 square feet of useless grass, saving 19,943,605 gallons of water annually
- Replaced 1,795 square feet of grass with artificial turf, saving 131,035 gallons of water annually
- Converted 1,793,590 square feet of grass with water-smart grass, saving 39,458,980 gallons of water annually
“Conserving water in our region is a community effort involving every single resident and business,” said City of Henderson Director of Utility Services, Priscilla Howell. “It’s not an easy feat to completely transform large areas to be water smart, and we are thrilled to see the actions taken by Anthem Country Club that will have a lasting impact on our most valuable natural resources.”
The City of Henderson’s Water Conservation Award program will open for nominations in November. For additional award details, visit cityofhenderson.com.