Water Wise Watch: June
In this issue:
Water Wise Tip of the Month from Leslie Hoy
"At this very cold time of year, if you run a tap to wait for the water to heat up, please collect the cold water in a bucket and use it to water your plants".
This month with Water Wise - Brought to you by Rand Water and Water Wise
What does the weather have in store for us this month?
Forecasts from the South African Weather Service show uncertain results on the direction of rainfall this winter. Higher than normal temperatures can be expected across the country for June. Cape Town has approved Level 4 water restrictions, limiting consumers to 100 litres of water per person per day. Read more here. Remember to reduce water consumption as much as possible, especially during the dry winter season. Be Water Wise!
Gill netting in the Vaal Dam
The use of gill nets without permission is illegal, and requires a permit. If you notice any suspicious activity, please report it to: Mncedisi Mbele (Gauteng) at 011 240 3019. or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Local residents and members of the public who are aware of this activity are encouraged to contact Epania Mmethi at email@example.com from Gauteng Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (GDARD), to request a complaint register form. Illegal fishing can have negative implications for the natural functioning of the Vaal River system. Do your bit by taking environmental action. Always be Water Wise!
The theme this year is "I'm with Nature". It is a request for people around the world to reconnect with places they love in nature. It is a call for people to start appreciating our world's beauty and importance, and to protect it. From your own garden, to your favourite national park, nature is closer than you think. So, how do you fit into nature? How much do we depend on the natural world around us? Challenge yourself this WED to experience and cherish the special relationship you have with nature. Think about water, and how necessary it is for survival. Consume less and save more by being Water Wise. Click here for more.
Drought FAQs www.droughtsa.org.za/faq.html:
- A drought is defined as a period of below average rainfall. The severity of a drought is determined by how far below average the rainfall is, for how long the dry period occurs, and to what extent available waterreaches the groundwater.
- An agricultural drought occurs when there is not enough moisture to support average crop production and grass production.
- A hydrological drought occurs when there is reduced stream flows and water reserves in aquifers, lakes, and reservoirs fall below a statistical average.
- A meteorological drought occurs after a prolonged period of below average rainfall (usually less than 70%), creating natural shortages of available water.
- South Africa has a unique topography that creates a variability in climate in both space and time.
- South Africa also has one of the most variable river flow regimes in the world.
Current dam capacities*:
Vaal Barrage Dam:
*at time of print 29-05-2017
Did you know?
Only 8% of South Africa's surface area generates 50% of the water in our rivers, yet most of these areas receive little or no protection.
Ref: WWF (2017)
Water in the News
"Capetonians using more than 3,500 litres of water a month can expect to see a whopping 19.25% increase in their water bills from July. The announcement came from Mother City mayor Patricia de Lille..."”
Top tips to save water:
"Cape Town is in a state of emergency. The dams are at absurdly low levels and the government is (finally) getting serious about taking action to prevent a full-blown emergency. But Cape Town isn't alone."
Addo assesses natural water provision plan to avoid "catastrophic effects" on both park and elephants:
"Water conservation is of paramount importance as unpredictable weather patterns and severe drought across a number of South Africa's provinces, including the Eastern Cape..."
WESTERN CAPE DECLARED DISASTER ZONE AMID DROUGHT:
"The Western Cape has been declared a disaster area. Premier Helen Zille signed the declaration in response to the worst drought the province has experienced since 1904. It's expected to be gazetted later this week..."
Days to Remember
World Environment Day
World Oceans Day