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Water exhibitions

Over two-thirds of the Earth's surface is covered by water. Yet less than one percent of it is fresh water that is obtainable and suitable for drinking.

The three exhibitions transport visitors to the world of water—past, present, and future—through concrete displays, experiential activities, and a peek at the latest water research.

The exhibition cluster was made possible with support and funding by Mekorot (Israel's National Water Company) and the Atlantium, Arad, Bermad, and Amiad corporations, and with the support of Israel New Tech (The National Sustainable Energy and Water Program), the Jerusalem Foundation, and the Government of Austria.


Water in Jerusalem

How did the workers carving through rock to create the Shiloah tunnel find their way without a compass? And what connection does that have with a sewer leak a few years ago? How did Jerusalemites bathe during the 1948 blockade of the city? And what did the British construct? "Water in Jerusalem" is an exhibition tracing the methods used to supply water to the city's residents throughout history, from the tunnels of the First Temple Period to the high technology of today. Visitors also get a rare chance use a chorobates, a leveling instrument used to build aqueducts in ancient times, and to play an inventive game that lets them try their hand at managing Israel's water system over the course of a year.


Water Research

The "washing" process that will replace evaporation ponds; a special "sleeve" that will monitor groundwater for pollutants and nitrate-eating bacteria… The exhibition presents five examples of the latest academic and industrial research on water treatment and production. The Lesico, Aqwise, and CheckLight corporations; Ben-Gurion University; and the Agriculture Department of Hebrew University have been exploring ways to make undrinkable water drinkable, and the exhibition will highlight their most recent research.


Water Sources

What are carp hunting for inside our water system? And what in the world is "hard" water? The exhibition invites visitors to go with the flow—to follow the path of water coming from the Sea of Galilee and the Mediterranean, from deep under the ground and from the waste we dispose of. It displays technological methods for saving water and challenges visitors to come up with their own ways of cutting back on water use at home. Accompanying the exhibition will be a variety of workshops and demonstrations on water characteristics, water pressure in faucets, the toilet-flushing mechanism, water hardness (comparing tap water, mineral water, seawater, desalinated water, and boiled water), filtering turbid water, and the use of living creatures to locate and remove water pollutants.

Date Created: 08/03/12
Date Updated: 08/03/12