Plumbing lessons from the US’s Rust Belt

The Flint water crisis in the US has brought the problems of failing water infrastructure into the spotlight.

By Mike Muller

Failing water infrastructure brings with it a whole host of problems, as has recently become evident in the US cities of Detroit and Flint. In the spirit of my favourite management maxim – learn from our successes and other people’s mistakes – and ahead of the World Plumbing Conference (WPC 2016), the US has a cautionary tale for everybody in the water business.

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Plumbing solutions for a water crisis

By: Mike Muller

Are all these stop-gap solutions to South Africa’s current state of water insecurity a help or a hindrance?

Heat waves and drought have certainly helped to keep water in the news. It reminds me of a thriving business I saw in Luanda, Angola a few years ago, where faced with similar problems, people were buying plastic bottles of water, which kids were filling from a leaking valve box in the street.

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If it’s not drought, it’s floods

You had to feel a little sorry for the average South African household over the past few months not knowing whether they had too much water or too little

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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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