The Hennops River has been the target of many clean-up campaigns over the past years. Photo: File
River quality is a reflection of the way of life in a community through which it flows.
This according to Gauteng department of water and sanitation communicator Khulekani Ngcobo.
“Everything that happens in a catchment area is reflected in the quality of the water that flows through it,” Ngcobo said.
“The results of human activity and lifestyle ultimately end up in rivers through runoff.”
Ngcobo said life in the water was dependent on the interaction within the river itself and in the surrounding catchment.
“Therefore, changes in water quality occur naturally along the length of a river. However, these changes may be significantly influenced by human activities,” he said.
“Industries, agriculture and urban settlements produced nutrient concentrates (sewage effluent and fertilisers) and toxic substances (poisonous pollutants) which can affect water quality.”
For years residents and activists have highlighted the plight of the struggling Hennops River which flows through Centurion.
Various clean-up efforts have been undertaken from the beginning of the year to try and clean the river.
Due to the struggles of the rivers in South Africa, the Department of Water and Sanitation will once again host the Clear River campaign.
This campaign, done annually, calls on citizens to clean up their rivers and water ecosystems as part of dedicating their 67 minutes of goodwill during Mandela Month.
“The objective of the campaign is to undertake a collective effort and actively engage communities,” said Ncgobo.
Centurion residents can look forward to the next Hennops River clean-up initiative which is taking place in Hennops Park on 12 and 13 July.
The clean-up aims to restore a large natural riverside park at the confluence of the clear Bronberrick stream and the polluted Hennops River.
There will also be educational and communal activities on the day.
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