Water Wise Watch: Sep 2018
This month at Water Wise
Trees form part of our heritage. They have been existing for decades but with the growing development changes, the importance of trees is not quite seen yet the number is declining. In this month, let’s all take some of our time to plant a tree. This could be as simple as planting a tree in your yard, workplace or organizing volunteers in your street to plant trees along the sidewalks of your street.
Be part of of something amazing by doing a small change!
Tips for planting a tree
1) Prepare a square or bowl shaped hole two to three times as wide as the root ball of your tree
2) Place the tree in the hole
3) Position the tree where you want it (do not plant your tree too close to walls, water/drain pipes or cables)
4) Support your tree with a wooden stick
5) Water your tree
6) Mulch around the tree
7) Ensure that you are not drowning the tree with excessive water
8) Keep up on pruning
Garden World Presents its annual Spring Festival
‘A Sense of Place’
Water Wise News
(Click on the bold headings below to read the articles)
The Wake of South Africa’s Abandoned Gold Mines
"We have been covering Mining issues in South Africa extensively for the past 17 years but no subject on the matter is of greater importance than the absolute plethora of Abandoned Mines in South Africa and the devastation of Acid Mine Drainage pollution that is left in the wake."
Municipalities to blame for 'contamination of the vaal river system' - Parliament
"A lack of maintenance in sewage infrastructure by municipalities is to blame for contamination into the Vaal River system, Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Water and Sanitation said on Sunday. The Sedibeng District and Emfuleni Local Municipalities [are] at the centre of crumbling current infrastructure leading to contamination of the Vaal River system,"
"Former competitive South African pool swimmer Sarah Ferguson’s close encounters with nature on her recent Elephant Coast expedition have unequivocally reinforced her determination to expose the dangers of plastic pollution."
"As the water and sanitation crisis on the Vaal River and its catchment escalates, two government departments have issued a joint statement denying a positive link between mass fish mortality and raw sewage flowing into the river."