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Avaaz Petition: Khulumani Water for Dignity Appeals to Stop the Dumping of Sewage into the Vaal Dam

Contaminated water from a sewage drain. Contaminated water from a sewage drain.

Right now a massive pipeline is being built to send raw sewage gushing into the Vaal dam. The project is charging ahead -- but together we can clamp the pipeline before it reaches the water.

Sign petition: https://secure.avaaz.org/en/dam_of_sewage_4/?bJpRhab&v=59615

Update: 3 June 2015

Amazing! Construction of the pipeline has just been temporarily stopped — but only massive public pressure can end the project for good and save the Vaal. Add your name and tell everyone!

The dam is a critical water resource for people across the region and a last refuge for fish eagles, duiker, and delicate aquatic life. But it’s on a knife’s edge: pollution is already a serious problem and this pipeline could be the tipping point, causing a serious health hazard and poisoning the ecosystem.

Let’s unite to block the pipeline -- together we can give this monster project the media publicity it deserves, pushing the Minister for Water and Environmental Affairs to cancel the construction for good. Under mounting pressure to safeguard our water in the face of drought, she can’t afford a media storm swirling around her name.

Time is short -- in a matter of days the pipeline could reach the water’s edge -- sign now and share widely:

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/dam_of_sewage_4/?bJpRhab&v=59615

The Vaal dam is a vital life system for our country. It supplies water to roughly 12 million people -- almost 20% of our country’s population. And as we face the worst drought in two decades, we need to preserve our water, not poison it with untreated human sewage.

The project is supposedly aimed at alleviating the pressure on Deneysville’s overflowing sewage plant. But pumping excess sewage into the Vaal could cause a bigger disaster than the one it’s trying to solve, threatening water security, the environment, and the health of millions.

Let’s call on the Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs to urgently intervene. Under the country’s National Water Act she has the power to stop this madness and save the Vaal -- let’s send her a message she can’t ignore! Sign now and tell everyone:

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/dam_of_sewage_4/?bJpRhab&v=59615

Our community has tackled many crucial issues in South Africa, from school violence, to coal mines and climate change, but water security is surely is one of the most fundamental challenges we face today. It’s also one that can unify the country in whole new ways -- and our community can start that wave right now.

With hope,

Mike, Luis, Andrea, Nic and the whole team at Avaaz

Sources:

Raw sewage on its way to the Vaal Dam - DA (News 24)
http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/Raw-sewerage-on-its-way-to-the-Vaal-Dam-DA-20150518

Metsimaholo municipality wants to pump sewage into Vaal dam - DA FState (Politics Web)
http://www.politicsweb.co.za/news-and-analysis/metsimaholo-municipality-wants-to-pump-sewage-into

Water shortages loom for SA: worst drought in two decades (Biz News)
http://www.biznews.com/undictated/2015/05/20/water-shortages-loom-for-sa-worst-drought-in-two-decade...

Water Pollution and Your Health (Rand Water)
http://www.randwater.co.za/CorporateResponsibility/WWE/Pages/WaterPollution.aspx

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