Water is evaporating faster than it is being replenished at the moment, so when a community came together to replenish a pond supply, our hearts warmed!


Benoni, South Africa – Debbie Smith Olfsen shared a beautiful story about a community that went above and beyond to protect the fish and birdlife at a local pond.

The pond at Cosmos Park in Northmead Benoni was drying up fast. This put the fish and birdlife at risk. Debbie confirmed that the local fire department visited the pond to pump some additional water into it, but it wasn’t enough. The community leaders then made plans to collect some water from a nearby dam, but the municipality didn’t have any suitable water tankers.

All the water tankers are for clean drinking water only, and they needed a tanker that could carry untreated dam water.

Debbie said her daughter-in-law, who works for a sand and stone company managed to get a tanker for the pond refill and they quickly got some much-needed water back into the pond.

“In Northmead Benoni, there is a tiny pond called Cosmos Park. It was drying up and the fish were dying, kids were hurting and playing with the duck eggs. Benoni fire department pumped some water in, but we needed tankers that could take untreated water from another dam. This proved to be a problem as all council tankers are for clean drinking water. One phone call to my daughter in law who works for Cloete’s Sand and Stone and Crush it Green. They organised their tanker to go collect water and deliver it to the dying pond. Their generosity in these times is amazing. Thank you to all involved.”

This is such a lovely show of community spirit! Another woman saw Debbie’s post and confirmed they did the very same for their local pond this week. These are the kinds of stories that prove just how amazing South Africans are!

Sources: Debbie Olfsen Supplied
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