W&N watercolours on Bockingford 300gsm
Isn’t a scene like this worth saving…?
The Hartebeespoort Dam is one of the most significant dams in the economic hub of the North West Province of South Africa. The biggest volume of water enters the Dam from the Crocodile River. Other smaller contributors that flow directly into the Dam are the Magalies River, Leeuwspruit and the Swartspruit.
The Department of Water Affairs (DWA) is implementing the Hartbeespoort Dam Integrated Biological Remediation Programme, referred to as Harties, Metsi a me – My water.
The aim of this programme is to address the imbalances and unhealthy biological conditions in the Hartbeespoort Dam. The remediation programme is focusing on projects with short term results and will be implementing them in parallel with longer term challenges.
Three geographical zones are addressed in the solution to this problem. Firstly symptomatic treatment, restorative action and creation of biological self-cleaning balanced ecosystem are established in the dam basin. Secondly, restoring and protecting the natural filters (wetlands and riverbanks) in the immediate catchment of the Hartbeespoort Dam. Thirdly is the regulation of water use in greater Hartbeespoort Dam catchment.
The guiding principle of the Harties, Metsi a me programme is waste minimization and recycling, which give effect to the implementation of the National Water Resource Strategy which provides the framework for the protection, use, development, conservation, and control of the country’s water resources in an Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM).
Info from Department of Water Affairs