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Plumbing’s role in our planet’s energy future

By: Alden Arnold

In the spirit of the sharing of unique experiences that shape the plumbing industries in our respective nations, the following essay won second place in IAPMO’s annual Scholarship Essay Competition. First introduced in 2009 and open to all high school, university and trade school students, the competition has elicited entries from all over the world. Written by Alden Arnold of Terry High School in Terry, Mississippi, it is the next in a regular series of similar articles that will run in this magazine.

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Conduit hydropower: the future for hydropower generation

Bloem Water Hydro Power Plant

The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS), through partnership with the Water Research Commission (WRC), University of Pretoria, eThekwini Metro and City of Tshwane Metro, has extended a helping hand in overcoming the energy challenges South Africa faces. A conduit hydropower facility in Bloem Water headquarters was officially launched on 31 March. This is a first of its kind in South Africa.

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Everything to know about heat pumps

Written by Daniella Favis for Fix Shack. Source: Green Plumbing Advisory Centre

In an environment that is fast running out of non-renewable resources, and with Eskom’s load shedding threats hovering over our households, saving energy 

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All your solar water heating questions answered

Compiled by Daniella Favis for Fix Shack. Source: Eskom, Solahart and Green Plumbing Advisory Centre.

In a time where non-renewable resources are fast depleting, we should be seriously considering alternative sources of energy to provide our homes with electricity. Solar water heating is the process of harnessing energy from the sun in order to heat water, rather than using a conventional electric geyser. Water is circulated into solar panels; solar energy is absorbed by a solar collector, heating the water; the hot water is then stored in a tank, ready to use.

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Rainwater harvesting in the spotlight

Ever wondered why, in a Country which receives so much rain, water shortages are often the headline news?

We simply don’t have enough reservoirs to supply the ever increasing demand for water. But why then, do we use drinking water for flushing toilets and laundry purposes?

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