SUNConferences, Southern African Institute of Industrial Engineering 2013

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Sustainable Water and Waste Water Distribution
Mansfield Anotida Chichaya

Last modified: 2013-06-20


The main important factors in water utilities are efficiency and sustainability. The use of cost effective materials in pumping of water/ waste, manufacturing of pipes, as well as the operation and maintenance of the infrastructure are important in achieving a sustainable water infrastructure. The choice of materials contributes to the amount of energy used during distribution of water and manufacturing of pipes hence there is a need to replace aging pipes made from traditional pipe materials by using plastic as an alternative source.The author seeks to address the factors utilities need to recognise in ensuring that water infrastructure is energy efficient while the long term full cost of providing service is sustainable.