oa Civil Engineering = Siviele Ingenieurswese - Water engineering - a broad view



Water is the most abundant of the natural resources and is more often than not taken for granted. It is only when it manifests its excesses in the form of crippling droughts and devastating floods that much more attention is paid to it. People simply take it for granted that clean, disease-free water will gush from a lap when they open it. Which other of life's necessities is delivered into the very room in which you require it, at some 60 cents per tonne retail, and that after it has been treated and often been transported over tens, if not hundreds of kilometres, over hill and through dale. All this is made possible through the efforts of the engineers and scientists who devote their professional career to this life-giving liquid, this great cleanser, this universal solvent. Not everybody is so appreciative of it though. Not the hobo at Joubert Park, who had tried brandy and water, whisky and water, gin and water, blue train and water - they all gave him a hangover, so it must have been the water!


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