What’s the difference between a maintenance plumber and a plumbing engineer?

This week, Plumbing Africa is focusing on plumbing design and plumbing engineering. But what is a plumbing engineer and how is plumbing engineering different from maintenance plumbing? Plumbing Africa breaks it down for you.

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Designing smarter buildings: plumbing engineers at the forefront


Whether you call it green plumbing or simply smart economics, the underlying theory is the same: environmental and economic issues are driving plumbing engineers to design piping systems that use fewer resources and have minimal impact on our planet.

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Designing water distribution systems

A water distribution system (WDS), being an important component of any water supply scheme, is commonly designed with an objective of distributing water at the required levels of service in satisfying quantity and quality. It accounts for a substantial portion of installation cost. And the peak factor, defined as the ratio of the maximum flow during some specified time to the average flow, is a crucial factor in the design of water distribution system, distribution capacity, and in customer metering.

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Making the difference?


By: Gary Macnamara – Executive director of IOPSA

In celebration of World Plumbing Day this year, the Institute of Plumbing South Africa (IOPSA) will be implementing specific objectives for better water and sanitation which forms part of IOPSA’s five-year-plan


World Plumbing Day (WPD) is a global event celebrated annually on 11 March. It recognises the importance of the role plumbing plays in societal health and services. WPD provides individuals with the opportunity to pause and reflect about the vital role plumbing plays in conserving health, supplying clean water, and building a sustainable disease-free environment.

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Rainwater harvesting: waste not, want no


Rainwater harvesting doesn’t have to entail a fancy, hi-tech system that nobody can afford – there are basic ways to supplement your municipal water supply, even for low-cost housing


As people become increasingly aware of water as a scarce and threatened natural resource, they need to look at the age-old proven, the rainwater-harvesting tank. It is cost-effective, easy-to-install, and makes it really easy to reduce the growing pressures on this fragile natural resource. In the previous editions we looked at water treatment and storage, now it’s time to conclude the water series with a feature on water recycling – focusing on rainwater harvesting in particular.

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Water storage: the right tank for the job

By: Ilana Koegelenberg – assistant editor

In the previous edition we looked at water treatment, now it’s time to take it one step further and investigate water storage. In the second of this three-part series, we look at the various options available for water storage – safe water storage.

 Technology is advancing rapidly and there are a lot of new developments in the water storage arena. What different material options for tanks are available and how must each be maintained for optimal results? From an efficiency point of view to a health point of view – what are the dos and don’ts of water storage?

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