The nerds are blocking the toilets

By: Mike Muller

Are waterless toilets really the future of sanitation? Or are Bill Gates and the nerds barking up the wrong tree?

Last month, I complained about Tim Cook, chief executive officer (CEO) of Apple, one of the world’s biggest companies, and his enthusiasm for low volume showers. I always believe that we should not be too polite to important people, just in case they begin to believe that they are somehow different to the rest of us. So, in that spirit, let me step up and be bold: Bill Gates and his colleagues at the Gates Foundation are being stupid!

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Part 4: What does rugby have in common with an insect?

 

By: Michael Young (Pr.Eng)

Part 4: What does rugby have in common with an insect?

 

“Yes mom, I know my room is untidy, I will clean it up later” or “Yes honey, I will take out the garbage just after I watch the game of rugby” – How often do you give this type of reply when someone asks you to do something?

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Politically-correct Apple chased out of the shower

By: Mike Muller

Mike Muller looks at the controversy created when the Nebia showerhead was unveiled, and what it means for the water industr

When I wrote about new ideas for showers a couple of months ago, I did not know that this was a subject that was about to stir a (small) storm in the bathroom.

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Being warm, wet and politically correct

By: Mike Muller

We investigate the virtues of water-saving showers

In Cape Town recently, during one of those cold, wet and windy weeks, I was thinking about hot showers. In particular, I was thinking about the strange enthusiasm of Cape Town based conservationists for water-saving showers.

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Chinese still struggling to get the small stuff right

By: Mike Muller

Despite being a world-class country, there are still small areas with which China is struggling. We explore these areas and how we can still help them

I always say that the small stuff is much more complicated than the big. Usually, this is about the challenges of making city water systems work. This requires all water users to cooperate both in looking after the installations inside their households but also helping their municipalities to keep the delivery system outside in working order.

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Learning from eThekwini’s narrow escape

What are the lessons we can learn from my attendance at the 7th World Water Forum in the Republic of Korea?

Against my better judgement, I attended the 7th World Water Forum in the Republic of Korea in April, to help prepare and run a session with some African colleagues.

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