A man who took it upon himself to water a garden in his hometown of Qormi was widely praised as a hero but he may have actually ended up doing more harm than good.
The Qormi local council warned that vigilante waterer Redeemer Gatt, who made use of two bowsers, actually damaged the plants as they had been watered a day earlier.
“Seeing as the plants had been watered a day earlier, on 30th August, the soil ended up getting clogged with water in a most irresponsible manner,” it said. “Moreover, the residents of Triq Kardinal Xiberras ended up with a dirty street as the water carried the soil away.”
Redeemer Gatt said he hired two bowsers out of his own pocket after noticing how parched the plants and trees looked and after not having seen a bowser watering them in a while.
“The price of the bowsers isn’t important. For me the price of nature is above all and if we aren’t going to take care of it, we’re going to suffer,” he said. “I hope that we don’t continue like this and that the local council and the government set a decent budget and come to a proper agreement on how often the plants and trees should be watered in each locality.”
Inhawlu iva. Insaqqu le.Il-bandli ta san gorg b'sigar u pjanti mejtin bla ilma u hmieg issagerat. Ilni ma nara bowser…
However, the council vehemently denied neglecting the garden, stating it hires five bowsers, each with a carrying capacity of 15 cubic metres, to water gardens on a weekly basis.
“It is shameful that the council is getting attacked on social media and that the responsible water company has had to face false accusations.”
It added that workers responsible for maintaining the garden have also ended up having to clean it from takeaway boxes and bags, as well as from dog and human faeces that they find stuck to the plants.
“We’d be better off if those who see these abuses taking place take action by calling the police,” it said.