PROTECTING DIE OOG WATER SOURCES
Everything in life is about location, location, location. Living next to a wetland can be a fulfilling and rewarding experience, rich in wondrous sightings of rare birds, young life and blossoming flowers.
However, this banquet for the senses requires a little neighbourly love and co-operation to maintain its good health.
The drought in 2018 has had a major impact on the dam. Even though we had good rain this winter, there is concern that the water level at Die Oog is still very low. Unlike the dams, Die Oog does not fill from a river. It relies exclusively on rain run off down its own banks and an elusive spring. The overuse of private boreholes and well points as well as the collection and sell off of spring water may be the cause of Die Oog’s slow recovery.
You may be wondering what the birds and frogs do when their habitat runs dry? The good news is that birds migrate to other water sources when their home runs out, and nature does adapt.
Please never try and fill the dam with tap water!
Here are some tips on keeping water wise:
- Backwashing your swimming pool. All pool water needs to go down the sewage drain and NOT pumped into the stormwater drain or wetlands.
- Washing your car! Car shampoo has several chemicals in it. Instead of washing it down the stormwater drain with a hosepipe, use a bucket to clean your car. Make sure to park your car on a flat surface so that any chemicals don’t run down the driveway.
- Renovating? Wash paint brushes and other soiled tools in areas where the dirty wash water will not flow into the stormwater system.
- Household wastewater Dirty wash water needs to be poured down the sewage drain.
Referring to all of the above: According to the City’s Stormwater by-law: “no person may impose, discharge, permit to enter or place anything other than Stormwater into the Stormwater system”. It goes on to say that any person who contravenes this by-law shall be guilty of an offence and liable to the payment of a fine.
- Planting fynbos and wetland-specific plants. Indigenous plants are low maintenance – they require less water and attention The local fauna will also appreciate having more habitat available.
- No dumping on council property/wetlands.
- All construction materials and the like should be stored on the homeowner’s property and taken to a landfill facility. According to the City’s dumping By-law, transgressors can be fined up to R1000 in addition to NE- MA’s Duty of Care where transgressors are billed for the cost of removal and the rehabilitation of the area.