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Water Wise Watch - December 2020

01.12.20

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This month at Water Wise

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2020 has definitely been a year of trying times. The Covid 19 pandemic brought so many unforeseen and unfortunate circumstance; some people lost their loved ones while others lost their source of income. This has indeed been a difficult year for many South Africans. With the lockdown that led to enforced stays at home, people had to find creative ways of overcoming the challenges that came with the pandemic. Activities such as exercising, reading books or catching up on old movies came in handy. One particular activity that captured a lot of people was gardening, particularly food gardening. This came as no shock as gardening has been shown to improve mental and physical health. This festive season, let’s spend more time in our gardens and give back to nature. For more information on therapeutic gardening, click here.

Water Wise would like to wish you a merry Christmas. Stay safe and please don’t forget to be Water Wise!

This month at Water Wise Clearwater Mall
Water Wise partnered with Garden World to do an exhibition at Clearwater mall in November 2020. This year, Water Wise decided to go with a #WaterWise home display. This exhibition aimed at taking the public through a wide range of simple ideas that can easily implemented in their homes to create a water saving environment. Take a look at some images below taken during the event. Also visit our social media pages to check out more Water Wise activities.

Note: Covid 19 social distancing and sanitizing practices were observed.

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Information Blitz Event in Thokoza
Water Wise was invited to exhibit at an information blitz event planned by the Gauteng Department of Social Development. This event was aimed at empowering and uplifting the youth in and around Gauteng. South Africa is currently faced with high unemployment, especially within the youth sector. Statistics South Africa reported that 2.5 million young people were unemployed in April 2020, which is an unemployment rate of 34.1%. Water Wise took this opportunity to encourage young people to start their own vegetable gardens at home to sustain their families while they are looking for job opportunities. Youth were given seeds and a Water Wise vegetable manual and challenged to start a vegetable garden. Below are some images taken during the event. If you would like more information on how you can start your own vegetable garden, log onto the Water Wise website.

Note: Covid 19 social distancing and sanitizing practices were observed.

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WW tip of the month

Ever heard of the phrase: if its yellow let it mellow, if its brown, flush it down? 

This is a water saving technique called selective flushing. All you have to do is to refrain from flushing the toilet each time you pee. While some may see this technique as a great way to save water, others may argue that its potentially unhygienic. By implementing this technique, you could save approximately 36 litres (L) of water per day; that is 1080 L per month and 394200 L per year. If you don't like the colour or odor in your toilet, simply close the toilet lid while the toilet is not in use.

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Environmental days

2020 5 December: World Soil Day
1 December: International Mountain Day
16 December: Day of Reconciliation
25 December: Christmas Day
26 December: Day of Goodwill

Water and environmental news

A grim future of extreme weather
"To help save the Congo rainforest the world’s second lung Rémy Zahiga plants trees in forest areas destroyed by mining and logging firms and teaches his fellow citizens about protecting the planet  from climate change. The young climate activist’s efforts to safeguard the Earth’s second-largest tropical forest, threatened by rampant deforestation and wildfires, are low-key."
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We need to dump our take-make-waste attitude to plastic
"Producing, packing and distributing a kilogram of Woolworths raspberries produces between 150g and 200g of non-recycled plastic waste - the same as eight 500ml plastic bottles - with just under a third arising at the farming stage and more than half from consumption, a new WWF-SA report called Plastics: Facts and Futures reveals."
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Fears for a million livelihoods in Kenya and Tanzania as Mara River fish die out
"Fish are being driven to extinction in the Mara River basin, putting the livelihoods of more than a million people in Kenya and Tanzania in jeopardy, according to WWF. A report by the wildlife NGO details how farming, deforestation, mining, illegal fishing and invasive species could sound a death knell for the transboundary river."
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South Africa’s coastal cities may lose their beaches 
"As sea levels rise, many of South Africa’s beaches will migrate slowly inland to survive and thrive. That’s because beaches are dynamic, and far more than people realise - but not if their inland path is blocked. Professor Andrew Green from the department of marine geology and sedimentology at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), his UKZN colleague Professor Andrew..."
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