Higuera Golf Club pioneer in sustainable water use

The Higuera golf course, located in the Integral Tourism Project (PTI) of Litibú, is a pioneer in the use of technologies to care for the

The , located in the Integral Tourism Project (PTI) of Litibú, is a pioneer in the use of technologies to care for the environment, since it uses treated water to irrigate all of its 18 holes.

And it is that Litibú was designed so as not to negatively impact the environment, something that happens in this way when making rational use of water.

The golf course established in the area, , does not use water from the wells that operate in the area, but instead takes full advantage of the capacity of the wastewater treatment plant, which is a product, in turn, of consumption of desalinated sea water from the towns.

Said scheme not only favors the saving of large quantities of the vital liquid, but also allows the local population of Higuera Blanca and Punta de Mita to receive the existing flow, which is scarce in the region, of water for domestic consumption.

When the Litibú PTI was established by the National Fund for the Promotion of Tourism (Fonatur), one of the bets was that it work with maximum efficiency in water consumption.

For this reason, a sewage treatment plant was first built, and then a , one of the few in Mexico and one that operates on a large scale.

Now that Higuera Golf Club has been renovated with its new board of investors, they have made the decision to use 100% of their irrigation water from the existing infrastructure, motivating its long-term maintenance and subsistence.

Turning the golf course into a key part of the cycle of recycling and sustainable use of water, which benefits the environment, tourism and the population.

life cycle process

The desalination plant installed in Litibú has a production capacity of 40 liters per second from the sea; then it flows through a pipe into the ocean to a pumping station. The seawater is sent to a storage tank with a capacity of 1,400 cubic meters, from there, by means of high pressure pumping, to have a last stage of reverse osmosis consisting of four modules, which results in water 100% drinkable.

Once ready for consumption, the vital liquid extracted from the sea flows towards the populations, who consume it domestically. That same water, by becoming residual, is now taken to the treatment plant that supplies the golf course for lawn irrigation.


This entire process has marked a sustainable self-sufficiency cycle for the Litibú PTI, of which Higuera Golf Club will continue to be a part.

Taking advantage of wastewater that in turn is originally desalinated from the sea, is undoubtedly a great success for Higuera.

According to the Water and Human Development Program of the United Nations University, it is a cyclical process that would solve up to half of the demand for water consumption worldwide, on the eve of greater scarcity accentuated by the climate change.

In Middle Eastern countries such as Qatar, Saudi Arabia or Israel, this is a process that solves a large part of the demand for supply; however, in semi-peripheral economies such as those of Latin America, it is a scheme that is barely developing.

This makes the decision to continue using water treatment at Higuera Golf Club even more opportune, since despite its cost, it represents an irrefutable benefit to the population and the environment. The greater influx to the field after being renovated, has brought more tourism and that also encourages economic activity in the PTI of Litibú and the town of Higuera Blanca. Its inhabitants, of course, will continue to be pleased both to maintain a growing and productive economy and to take advantage of the alternative water supply infrastructure with which they benefit today.