Simple questions reveal the challenges of meeting the 2030 SDGs

Simple questions reveal the challenges of meeting the 2030 SDGs

By Mike Muller

What is it about the thought processes of the architects who specify plumbing fittings for upmarket hotels and airport lounges? It seems that they just cannot resist the offerings of the high-end fittings manufacturers.

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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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