National Water Week celebrated

2017-03-31 06:02
 Photo: suppliedPupils do tests in the river.

Photo: suppliedPupils do tests in the river.

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MORE than 90 pupils from around Matatiele participated in walks as part of becoming­ water ambassadors at the annual National Water Week event on 14 and 15 March.

UCPP members, non-governmental organisations and community leaders also participated.

The event was organised by the Umzimvubu Catchment Partnership Programme (UCPP) under the theme “Why waste water”.
The objective of Water Week is to raise awareness about water conservation and management.

UCPP has celebrated Water Week for many years in the Matatiele area and WWF Nedbank Green Trust has support it.

“Hosting Water Week is part of securing the upper catchment of the Umzimvubu river basin as a strategic water source area [SWSA].

“These SWSAs form eight percent of the country’s surface and yet they provide over 50% of our national water supply,” said Nicky McLeod from Environment and Rural Solutions.

“The objective of the walks is to assess river health for three of the sub-catchments which UCPP partners and UCPP hopes this initiative will capacitate pupils to understand river health and the link between our general day-to-day practices, interventions such as roads, housing developments and our long-term water security,” said McLeod.

Pupils also participated in citizen science activities, undertaking tests to determine turbidity, temperature, riparian health and presence of invertebrates. - Supplied.

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