Marbles teach show-goers the ‘ins and outs’ of water

29-08-2017

Marbles teach show-goers the ‘ins and outs’ of water

Have you ever wondered how water gets to your tap, or what happens after you flush?

If so, it's time to visit SA Water's fun and interactive exhibit on the 'ins and outs' of water at this year's Royal Adelaide Show.

The stand includes a two-metre long marble run that rolls participants through the way drinking water is sourced and delivered, then treated after it is used.

Phillip Jones, Manager, Community Relations at SA Water said the activity aimed to share information with the community about how drinking water and sewage is managed on their behalf.

"There are 1,500 SA Water people around the state who combine tried and tested methods with cutting-edge technology, to make water supply and sanitation seem like something that 'just happens' behind the scenes, but it's a critical, 24/7 job,” Phillip said.

"For instance, raw water from rivers and reservoirs typically contains suspended dirt, organic material and microorganisms, so it must cleaned and treated before it is safe to use.

"The marble run explains the processes we use to complement the water cycle and deliver more than 227 billion litres of safe, clean drinking water to around 1.6 million South Australian customers.

Once used, water flows down drains or toilets, along pipes in the state's 8,000 metres plus sewerage network to one of SA Water's 26 wastewater treatment plants for processing.

"Most people are surprised to learn the average person flushes the toilet 2,500 times a year, and that 32 per cent of used water is recycled for irrigation.

"There are a lot more cool facts about water and sewerage included in our marble run, so stop past our stand for some hands-on family fun," he said.

To find out more and boost your knowledge about the 'ins and outs' of water, visit SA Water's community exhibit during The Royal Adelaide Show.

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