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Rand Water Deploys Insects to Combat Toxic Water Lettuce in Vaal River



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Rand Water has unveiled strategies to tackle the surge of toxic water lettuce in the Vaal River. The utility has deployed weevils and hoppers into the river to curb the rapid proliferation of this detrimental weed. According to Jacaranda FM, these insects have a known appetite for water lettuce, a plant notorious for its poisonous nature and swift spread.

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Water lettuce presents a significant challenge in various freshwater habitats, including lakes, dams, and ponds, posing a threat to the ecological equilibrium of the Vaal River. Rand Water’s approach encompasses both biological and chemical interventions. Alongside introducing insects, authorised herbicides will be applied under careful supervision.

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