PACOIMA ( — A popular San Fernando Valley golf course is joining a citywide effort to conserve water.

Mayor Eric Garcetti, City Councilmember Felipe Fuentes and other city officials Friday marked the completion of a recycled water system at the Hansen Dam Golf Course in Pacoima.

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The new system at Hansen Golf Course will save up to 163 million gallons of drinking water each year, roughly enough for 1,000 L.A. households.

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The project is part of a Garcetti executive directive to use recycled water to irrigate 85 percent of public golf course acreage by 2017.

Hansen Golf Course opened in 1964 and was selected by Golf Digest as one of the “Best Places To Play” for 2008-2009.

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Recycled water – which is wastewater that has been highly treated and approved for beneficial reuse by the California Department of Public Health – is a key component of a Department of Water & Power strategy to provide a cost-effective and drought-resistant source of water.