Removing Trees May Solve South Africa’s Water Supply Problem

Greetings Everyone,

I came across some interesting news coming out of South Africa.

The following information is from Africa News.

Due to the water supply problem in Cape Town, South Africa, environmental workers are cutting down trees. Most of the trees are pines that have deep root systems, and they take up more water than the native species. So the Nature Conservancy, a global non-profit environmental organization, is removing those trees to free up space for native plants.

The director of source water protection South Africa at The Nature Conservancy, Louise Stafford, advised the following:

“We cut the down for mainly three reasons. Firstly, to save water, secondly to protect native plants because the pines outcompete native species for space, and then to avoid damaging wildfires.”

“We can save up to 55 billion liters of water every year if we clear invasive trees in the catchments of the greater Cape Town region. And to put that in context, it’s two months water supply for Cape Town that we can save by removing the invasive trees from the water shelf.”

To check out the full article, click here. If you have any additional information, feel free to comment below.

Until Next Time…


Photo Credit: The Nature Conservancy


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