A little TPM could save China’s drinking water?

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Reuters AlertNet:Poisoned river shows dark side of China's boom

The growth of China, along with the outsourcing of manufacturing work, isn't just an economic issue, it also impacts the environment and worker safety. Recently, a major chemical spill has threatened the drinking water in cities in China, and soon Russia when the spill moves downstream. (Another article on the spill and its effects).

I'm not against China's growth. I hope economic development will lead to greater freedom for the Chinese poeple. But, I hope they can grow in a responsible way, hopefully taking advantage of lean principles to help their growth. From a lean mindset, this idea stood out:

“Others run equipment for too long, risking accidents from human error or faltering machinery.”

A classic argument for TPM, or Total Preventive Maintenance, aka Total Productive Maintenance.

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