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Used nappies, toilet paper, bottles and plastic bags removed from the Vaal River

Litter was removed form the Vaal River as part of the Clear Rivers Campaign initiated by the Department of Water and Sanitation. Picture supplied

USED nappies and toilet paper, bottles and plastic bags were some of the items removed from the Vaal River as part of the Clear Rivers Campaign initiated by the Department of Water and Sanitation, yesterday.

Spokesperson for the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS), Amogelang Moholoeng, said that the campaign, which was run in partnership with Sedibeng Water and the community of Pniel, was aimed at encouraging communities to abstain from littering precious water resources and to promote awareness about water pollution.

“The DWS embarked on a national Clear Rivers Campaign as part of its Mandela Month activities for the month of July. This annual campaign has seen the DWS in various parts of the country cleaning freshwater ecosystems in co-operation with relevant stakeholders and especially communities residing in close proximity to water sources.”

He added that as the country was recovering from one of the worst droughts in decades, the threat of water pollution by communities, mining, agriculture and industry could not be tolerated.