Mooi to dissappear

We live on the banks of the Mooi River. We have so enjoyed watching “our” river as it rises and drops with the seasons. I have hosts of photos of the changing face of the river. We have watched the birds, the yellow billed ducks, the Egyptian geese , the otters and the buck. We walk along it almost every day. We have fished in it for trout and crabs which have been returned to the river whence they came. We have tubed in it and our lab swims daily. Unfortunately “our” river will disappear soon as they are building the Springgrove dam down stream from us. I have attached a picture taken last December. We love the river and will truly miss it.

Fran Winckworth

Penny Rees comments: As our water consumption continues to soar worldwide, continued efforts have to be made to supply water to all. In the 20th century the worlds population tripled & water consumption went up 6 times. Durban is looking at desalinating water, Pietermaritzburg is investigating recycling of water – which Windhoek in Namibia, situated in the Namib desert, has survived off for decades. Other grander schemes are more dams with water transfer schemes – Johannesburg receives water from dams in the Lesotho Highlands which us piped to the Vaal River. A transfer scheme from the Tugela to Ballito is being investigated and closer to home, the uMngeni River is “topped up” with water from the Mooi River. The existing dam on the Mooi River, Mearns Weir is now too small, and so an area behind Rosetta is being dammed – construction on the dam wall has begun, and inundation of the dam will be around the end of next year. The water from Mearns is pumped to the top of a hill, and gravity fed down to Balgowan where it enters the Mpofana stream, and from there makes its way to the uMngeni River.


About Nikki Brighton

I live in Howick, between the river and the hills. I enjoy pre-dawn walks in the streets with my dog, sitting on the veranda with crochet and tea, and harvesting vegetables outside the kitchen door.
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One Response to Mooi to dissappear

  1. This is really sad. Thank you for an informative description and encouraging us to be even more water-wise!

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