Water For Life

Immerse Yourself

How much of the world’s water is saltwater? What is the deepest lake in the world? Where is the most water used in the household?

Interactive quizzes presented on a large screen (using an immersive screen technique) will test visitors’ knowledge of water on Earth, water use, water in the atmosphere and watersheds. Visitors can play the quizzes individually or as a group. Correct answers are rewarded with a customized water environment on the large screen.

The Household Water Cycle

This large interactive model invites visitors to move water through a representation of a municipal water system – from a surface water source, through water purification, to the house, and then through the sewage treatment process.

Your Water Footprint

How much water per day does an average person in North America use? How much water per day does your household consume?

Visitors can calculate their personal daily water use and learn conservation strategies to reduce their water usage.  A computer interactive water inventory asks questions about their daily water consumption. The computer inventory is linked to a series of vertical acrylic columns to provide visual feedback to the visitors.  With each answer, the volume of water used is added to the column. 

How much water does it take to produce a glass of milk, one hamburger or a T-shirt? Visitors are also introduced to “virtual” water  – the amount of water needed to produce things we use in our everyday lives. For example, it takes up to 530 gallons (2000 L) of water to produce 2.2 pounds (1 kg) of wheat. The cost in virtual water for products made from animals is even higher.

The Groundwater Story

The groundwater model demonstrates that the soil is a reservoir of water, that water moves through the soil based on porosity and permeability, and our use of water effects groundwater. Visitors introduce water into the system by pressing a button to make it rain, and operate mechanical pumps to draw water out of wells to the surface to observe the effect it has on the groundwater within the system.