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Biogas from human waste on the rise in Kenya

What if someone decided to clean up Nairobi's slums and dispense with what locals call the ‘flying toilet’, a plastic bag of faeces thrown into the choked, filthy gutters? And what if that someone worked out a way to use the generated biogas as an inexpensive cooking fuel so that slum dwellers no longer needed to chop down trees for charcoal?

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Physical integrity of water distribution systems

By: World Health Organisation (WHO)

We take a look at drainage, investigating the importance of preserving the physical integrity of water distribution systems

Physical integrity refers to the maintenance of a physical barrier against external contamination. Failures that cause losses in physical integrity increase the risk of contamination. A breach in the system caused by corrosion or fracture can allow the ingress of contaminated groundwater or wastewater containing pathogens or harmful chemicals.

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Health aspects of plumbing: preventing disease

The United Nations declared 2005-2015 the International Decade for Action ‘Water for Life’, setting a world agenda that focuses increased attention on water-related issues. This initiative is of extraordinary importance in a world where preventable diseases related to water and sanitation claim the lives of about 3,1 million people per year, most of them children less than five years old. Of these, about 1,6 million people die each year of diarrheal diseases associated with lack of safe drinking water and adequate sanitation.

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People and waste: The size of the problem

Despite continued efforts to promote it, 40% of the world's population is still without basic sanitation. This number does not tell the whole story; sanitation coverage is often much lower in rural areas than in urban areas.

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Laboratory sanitation – the only way is the right way

By: Ilana Koegelenberg – staff writer (with inputs by Graham Elsey)

With so many dos and don’ts where laboratory design is concerned, where does the wet services engineer even start?

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World Plumbing Conference Session 3

The last session of the World Plumbing Conference (WPC) was opened by session chairman, Shayne La Combre, CEO of Plumbing Industry Climate Action Centre, Australia.

(Read part 1 & part 2 here)

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