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EMWD, Western Center partner on Smithsonian Institution water exhibit
Post Date:08/11/2016 5:59 PM
Perris, CA (August 11, 2016)—A new Smithsonian Institution exhibit, highlighting the importance of water, will make its national debut at the Western Science Center in Hemet on August 13, 2016, where it will be on display until November 27, 2016.
The exhibit, entitled "H2O Today," is organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibit Service (SITES). The Western Science Center is a Smithsonian Affiliate.
Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) is a co-sponsor of the exhibit, along with The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.
“H20 Today” is organized by SITES. It was adapted from an exhibition organized by the American Museum of Natural History in New York City (www.amnh.org) and the Science Museum of Minnesota in St. Paul (www.smm.org), in collaboration with Great Lakes Science Center in Cleveland; The Field Museum in Chicago; Instituto Sangari in Sao Paulo; National Museum of Australia in Canberra; Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, Canada; San Diego Natural History Museum; and Science Centre Singapore with PUB Singapore.
“EMWD has long been a leader in educating its customers on the value and importance of water,” EMWD President Randy Record said. “This is another opportunity for us to do so. We are proud to help bring a Smithsonian exhibit to the San Jacinto Valley and encourage guests to come visit the exhibit to learn more about water.”
Upon entering the Western Science Center, guests will be treated to a visual and interactive series of displays designed to educate about the importance of water to the environment, economy and lifestyles of the nearly 7 billion people on earth.
Interactive displays focus on drought conditions throughout the world and on California’s ongoing drought. A bank of video displays includes a segment from the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration on coral reefs and aquatic life.
Guests will see a visual display of discarded plastic water bottles and the impact they have on the environment and learn how much water it takes to produce the plastic bottles – often times much more than the bottle itself holds.
One of the highlights is a kid-friendly exhibit where they may select items – including groceries, clothing or electronics – and learn how much water it takes to produce each item. They will get a receipt detailing their “water purchase.” For example, a purchase of a pair of jeans (2,000 gallons), a smart phone (240 gallons) and a pound of beef (1,799 gallons) would equal 4,039 gallons of water used to create or grow those items.
From there, they can step on a scale that converts their weight into gallons of water; or they may visit a hand-crank station that provides an understanding of how much energy it takes to pump groundwater.
And to learn about the impact that humans have on weather and the water cycle, an art and educational instillation will create weather patterns based on an individuals’ heart rate. This marks the worldwide debut of the interactive weather station.
“We hope all of our customers can take the time to visit this fun, interactive and family-oriented exhibit,” Record said. “We believe that guests will come away with a greater appreciation for water and how valuable of a resource it is.”
The Western Science Center is open Tuesday through Sunday, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. It is located
at 2345 Searl Parkway, Hemet, Calif.