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WPC’s Environmental Aspects of Plumbing: Part 2 of 9

This study is taken from the World Plumbing Council’s Environmental Aspects of Plumbing study and it will be split into nine parts, set to appear in Plumbing Africa from March until November 2014

(Read part 1 here)


Part 2: Introduction

“Water, water everywhere and nary a drop to drink” - an adage coined many years ago by Samuel Taylor Coleridge in the Rime of the Ancient Mariner could be a very valid claim today with drought striking many parts of the world and much of the clean water in peril from runoff pollution and misuse.

Water is an essential building block of our environment. Nothing in our ecosystem can survive for very long without water. We can‘t. Our crops can’t… Our food supply would disappear without water.

Read more: WPC’s Environmental Aspects of Plumbing: Part 2 of 9

WPC’s Environmental Aspects of Plumbing: Part 1 of 9

This extract is taken from the World Plumbing Council’s Environmental Aspects of Plumbing study, and will be split into nine parts, to appear in Plumbing Africa until November 2014.

Mission statement

The mission of the World Plumbing Council (WPC) is “To unite the world plumbing industry and promote the role of plumbing in improving health and safeguarding the environment.”

One of the objectives of the WPC is: “To promote the plumbing industry’s role in safeguarding the environment through proper management, care, reuse, and conservation of natural resources.”

This paper will key in on that role of the plumbing industry to protect the environment. It will mirror and complement, and sometimes overlap the previous publication by the WPC and the World Health Organization’s (WHO) “Health Aspects of Plumbing”.

Read more: WPC’s Environmental Aspects of Plumbing: Part 1 of 9

SAPG vs CSP: a South African case study

On behalf of Aurecon

Renewable energy resources can possibly provide effective sustainable energy solutions. However, the application of solar energy for power generation purposes is not currently competitive with conventional fossil fuel systems.

A recent academic study compared the solar aided power generation (SAPG) solution with that of a similar-sized stand-alone concentrating solar power (CSP) plant in the South African context. The objective was to determine the real advantages of these technologies, if any.

Read more: SAPG vs CSP: a South African case study

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