WPC builds on success of Water Innovation Challenge

By Mike Flenniken

In the spirit of sharing unique experiences that shape the plumbing industries in our respective nations, this article looks at an event that expands on last year’s Water Innovation Challenge, the goal of which was to help come up with water solutions for people in developing nations. Written by IAPMO Staff Writer Mike Flenniken, it is the next in a regular series of similar articles that will run in this magazine.

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Advertising that makes a splash

By: Matt Chapuran

Advertising can grab viewers and communicate powerful messages. In Lima, Peru, an advertising firm was tasked to articulate the vibrancy and creativity of its university client. Its solution — a billboard that literally provided potable water from the humidity in the air — not only offered relief to a city with critical water shortages, but also deftly drew attention to what may become an epidemic in the 21st century.

A billboard like none other

In 2013, the University of Engineering and Technology (UTEC) in Lima engaged Lima-based Mayo DraftCFB (renamed FCB Mayo in 2014) to create a strategy to energize student applications. The initial concept explored different methods of creatively, highlighting engineering’s practical capabilities. Victoria Malone Lo Presti, Directoria de Cuentas (director of accounts) for FCB Mayo explains that their goal was “to attract creative minds,” and that their message “should reach the target audience, young people who are about to finish high school, and their parents.”

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Saving our energy future through plumbing innovation

How is our planet’s energy future tied to the innovation and skill of the plumbing and mechanical industry? All over the world people are facing similar environmental challenges: drought, overpopulation, and overconsumption of water lead to freshwater shortages in communities worldwide.

Researchers found that more than 200 river basins, supporting 2,67 billion inhabitants, had severe water scarcity for at least one month out of the year in the period from 1996 to 2005. Such water shortages can cause debilitating health, environmental, and economic problems. Solving water scarcity is one of the most pressing and important issues facing humanity today. Water scarcity is an energy problem as well, because cities facing water shortages must use huge amounts of energy to pump water through aqueducts from far away reservoirs in order to meet consumer demand. The plumbing and mechanical industry has the ability to solve water as well as energy problems. Thus, earth’s energy future is directly tied to the ingenuity, innovation, and skill of the plumbing and mechanical industry today.

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Needs remain, work continues in Nepal

By: Jed Scheuermann

In the November issue, the article of Russ Chaney entitled Innovation flows at inaugural water challenge was incorrectly accredited to Jed Scheuermann, it was in fact Russ Chaney himself who wrote that article. We apologise for any confusion or inconvenience caused.

Upon leaving Kathmandu, heading east toward Dulikhel, something catches my eye. Camera ready, I snap away. “What, there’s an image you don’t have yet, Jed?” Paul quips, smiling and laughing. Last year in Nepal I took more than 2 000 photographs; this was just the first of another 2 500 shots added to my photo essay. Some depict stunning vistas, others capture tender moments or haunting images, brilliant colors, certainly the beauty of the Nepali people and, of course, Nepal Sanitation Studio’s 2014 efforts. Perhaps the most visually stunning, emotionally moving image of all is one I did not – no, rather I could not – freeze with my camera.

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Innovation flows at inaugural water challenge

By: Mike Flenniken

In the spirit of the sharing of unique experiences that shape the plumbing industries in our respective nations, the following article looks at the inaugural Water Innovation Challenge, an event held to help come up with water solutions for people in developing nations. Written by IAPMO staff writer Mike Flenniken, it is the next in a regular series of similar articles that will run in this magazine.

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Innovation meets policy at IETS

By: Geoff Bilau

In the spirit of the sharing of unique experiences that shape the plumbing industries in our respective nations, the following article looks at an industry-wide gathering of experts looking to tackle the biggest challenges facing the industry. Written by International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) senior writer Geoff Bilau, it is the next in a regular series of similar articles that will run in this magazine.

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