R2.5bn 'fake' wetland could save WC farms
An R2.5 million artificial wetland will be built next to the Mbekweni informal settlement in Paarl in the Western Cape.
It's to help those farms which are at risk of irrigating with contaminated water.
A wetland helps with the system of filtering water, in that it slows down the flow of the water, and through a combination of shallow pools , sunlight and the plants that grow in a wetland they are able to improve the uptake of nutrients and allow for bad bacteria to be consumed.Jason Mingo Task Manager: Ecological Infrastructure And Bioremediation at Directorate: Pollution And Chemicals Management
Contaminated water from the Berg River poses a threat to local farms who uses the river water for irrigation.
What the project is trying to do is to grow plants in the wetland that can then be harvested and used as a resource to promote economic activity.Jason Mingo Task Manager: Ecological Infrastructure And Bioremediation at Directorate: Pollution And Chemicals Management
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