Contamination of Vaal River needs intervention
Tuesday 20 November 2018
JOHANNESBURG - The Environmental Affairs Department says an inter-governmental approach is needed to deal with the contamination of the Vaal River.
The department's statement comes in the wake of the second leg of a South African Human Rights Commission inquiry into allegations that raw sewage is spilling into the river.
The probe began in September after a site inspection found widespread contamination.
It's believed about 150-megalitres of waste is pouring into the river on a daily basis.
At least 3-million people depend on the Vaal river for water.
For a long time, Midvaal and Emfuleni municipality residents have been complaining about sewage flowing into their streets and homes.
Come on guys! "allegations"? It is as clear as daylight..... and according to the government, 6 August 2018, "the Polluted Vaal River Water should be avoided"! Three Million people depend on this river! That's a lot of people!! With all the "allegations" against so many municipalities one cannot help, but to be concerned, very concerned. The quality of our drinking water is not what it used to be. Don't wait for the final whistle to blow or until you've consumed some of this water, because you will get sick. Treat your water in your home, make sure it's completely filtered and purified. Harvest your own rainwater, recycle your grey and black water. The municipalities are not coping with the load that needs treatment - that is evident. Reduce your load by recycling it and save some money and water at the same time. Rather use your harvested rainwater instead of municipal water. Nothing wrong by being prepared, nothing wrong with saving money and water either.
Micro plastics in our drinking water
7 September 2018
Author: Erika Theron
I just read this article in the Daily Maverick about micro plastics in our drinking water. At least it's been confirmed now (eventually). Johannesburg, Tshwane and certain areas in the North West' drinking water is polluted with micro plastics. The word "benign" really concerns me. Is it benign to humans or not? If scientists have proven in 2016 already that micro plasctics kill fish and birds then how can it be "benign" to humans? Maybe I'm missing something.... ?
You can read the article and decide yourself. https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2018-07-25-drinking-water-contaminated-with-micro-plastic-pollution-in-gauteng/
If you don't have a good filtration system at your place, maybe now is the time to have one installed. Prevention is indeed better than cure and being a step ahead cannot harm you in any way whatsoever.
Vaal Dam Pollution
I think it is important for me to not say too much / share my personal opinion on social media. We can all add anyway (well, I HOPE so!) 2 + 2 ....
Things just seem to get worse and worse, why wait for disaster to strike before acting? It's unnecessary..... get yourself off the grid as much as you can; energy and water. Harvest all your rainwater and use it inside your house, With the correct filtration / purification it is possible and indeed wonderful. Recycle all your grey and black water and use it for irrigation. Even your backwashed pool water can be re-used. Don't waste a drop and lessen your dependence on others. In other words.... sleep better at night. Not to mention the money savings that comes with all the above, a win-win situation all around.
Micro Plastics in our water
Date: 21/08/2018 Author: Erika
Every day when I fetch my daughter from school I drive past this house where the road is being irrigated almost as much as the lawn. One day I decided to stop and I explained water conservation in detail to the gardener. He looked at me as if to say "yes, and.....?" He also replied "No, this is borehole water". I then explained (very nicely at this stage still) over extraction of groundwater to him as well. He laughed and said "ok", walked away and that was it. Since then I've hooted, reminded him, smiled at him, gave him the angry look and ..... I also asked him to move the sprinkler a little closer to the house so he doesn't waste so much water, needless to say it's also damaging the road. I've been nice, I've begged, I've been rude. Now they just avoid me and the road is still being watered on a daily basis.
The ignorance around borehole water or water in general is scary. Please please enlighten your gardener. A tap doesn't have to be open to it's full capacity; half the water ends up being blown away or in this specific case, in the street. It's so unnecessary. Please. If we continue like this we will not have enough water to quench our thirst, never mind our ignorance.