What if the next World War was fought over water?

Did you know that 1.1 billion people do not have access to safe water? And that 3.1 million children die from water-related diseases every year? I bet you also didn’t know that, at any given time, half of the world’s hospital beds are occupied by people with water-related diseases.


Plumbing standards

There are many standards and legislation that govern the plumbing industry, however we define the most important related to plumbers in order of importance


Laws to govern society:

  • National Building Regulations & Building standards (Act 103 of 1977)
  • Consumer Protection Act (Act 68 of 2008)
  • Occupational Health and Safety Act (85 of 1993)
  • Water Services Act (108 of 1997)


Standards govern how we apply the legislation:

  • SANS 10400- National Building Regulations
  • SANS 10400 XA- Energy usage in buildings
  • SANS 10252-1: 12- Part 1 water supply installations for buildings
  • SANS 10252- 2: 1993- Part 2 drainage installations for buildings
  • SANS 10254: 2012- The installation, maintenance, replacement and repair of electrical geysers
  • SANS 10106: 2006- The installation, maintenance, repair and replacement of domestic solar geysers
  • SANS 1352: 2012- The installation, maintenance, replacement and repair of domestic heat pump systems
  • Local municiple bylaws


Derived from standards applied in the local munocipalities speciific to the area

Legislation and standards

The demand-side risks of large-scale desalination

From December 2012 to December 2014, the Adelaide desalination plant produced one third of the city’s water supply.

By: Dawid Bosman – TCTA senior manager: Advisory Services

What are the demand-side risks of investment in desalination?


Putting ideas in motion at Sustainability Week

By: Kelly-Ann Prinsloo – Plumbing Africa writer

Sustainability Week in June saw people from industries across the board meet to discuss the varied and complex topics that fall beneath the umbrella of ‘sustainability’


New projects lends from nature to power up villages

Biogas harnessed from cow manure is being used to power households in rural villages.

By: Petro Kotzé, for the Water Research Commission

Villages in three provinces in South Africa are now benefiting from greener energy technologies, thanks to strategic research by the Water Research Commission (WRC).