Plumbing is high art although not (yet) high tech

Plumbing is high art although not (yet) high tech

By Mike Muller

Given that water was the original source of mechanical power used for everything from transporting goods to grinding corn, remarkably little new technology has seeped into modern water systems.

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On eating elephants

On eating elephants

By Mike Muller

The World Plumbing Conference was a real challenge. How do you talk at global scale about the practical problems that working plumbers have to deal with in their day-to-day operations? The goal, remember, was to consider how regulations and international standards could help to support sustainable plumbing.

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No more trifling with water restrictions

After a phony war of the past few months, it seems that Gauteng municipalities are now getting serious about water restrictions.

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How to eat an elephant

By Mike Muller

“The best way to eat an elephant is one bite at a time.” Contrary to popular belief, that’s not an old African saying. It is attributed to American general Creighton Abrams, chief of staff in Vietnam from 1972 to 1974. By the time he got there, it was already too late to put his simple wisdom into action.

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Plumbing standards and horses for courses

By Mike Muller

I am lucky because I get to travel quite a lot, which helps because I am not always stepping on the toes of my former colleagues at the Department of Water and Sanitation.

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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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