Knowledge Island V - It's Time To Act

Sustainable Water-Supply

Water economy in Germany is facing new tasks. Much has been achieved in the prevention of polluted water primarily through improvements in sewage-water treatment and higher environmental standards for the industry; yet, a lot remains to be done. This exhibition shows new objectives and concepts of water-supply as well as integrated water-pollution control in Germany. Essential tasks for the future will be: the preservation of  bodies of water as spaces of living, ground and drinking water pollution control and  further reduction of harmful substances emitted especially by agriculture. The millennium has introduced a new era for the environmental protection of lakes, rivers and streams in Germany and Europe. In December 2000, the new EU Water Directive was passed. The directive pursues a novel, whollistic approach because, for water distribution, not so much the use of water resources will be in the foreground as the preserving of natural habitats and- with respect to sustainability- the securing of water resources.

What does Sustainabilty mean?

Since the 1992 summit for the environment in Rio de Janeiro, sustainable development has become a model of global importance. 178 governments from around the world have signed Agenda 21; its realization has become one of the greatest challenges of the millennium. Agenda 21's goal is to secure natural resources for coming generations and to meet higher standards in social and ecological justice. Ecology, economy and social aspects are three inseparable terms.

Think Globally- Act Locally

Sustainable development cannot be prescribed from atop and a fundamental change in awareness is only possible if the people concerned will participate. Therefore, many cities and municipalities have met round conference tables to work out ideas for implementing Agenda 21 in their communities and daily lives.

Here are some fields of action as well as questions on how to realize sustainable water-supply as suggested by the Local Agenda 21 framework:

• Water pollution: How can the leaking of harmful substances into ground and surface water bodies be minimized?
• Sewage-water management: How and where could innovative methods of sewage-water treatment be introduced?

• Bodies of water and landscape: How could bodies of water and their river basins be (re-) designed and utilized in ways that are close to nature and nature friendly?
• Awareness: How may children, young individuals and adults be led up to sustainable ways in handling water?

Tips For Sustainable Water Consumption

We all need water, every day. At the close of the exhibition and by giving numerous vivid examples, we will demonstrate how you can both save water and prevent water pollution on a day-to-day basis, thus making your contribution towards the protection of water.
Possibilities of putting thought into action are plentiful, be it in the bathroom, in the kitchen,  in the laundry room, in one's free time or even the supermarket.
It is not just about drinking water- for each product we purchase water has been used in its manufacturing process.

For water which is 'hiding' in products, so called virtual water, we need more than 4000 liters per day per person-- an amount significantly higher than the123 liters we require every day.  Also here a conscious consumer will help contribute to a more considerate way of consuming water in other regions of the world.

Model, “Drinking Water Protection Zones“

This interactive model illustrates a drinking water protection area with its protection zones. Visitors can place toy figures, which symbolize different kinds of water consumption, in   varying positions of water protection zones. You will hear a commentary on protection objectives and endangerings.

Water Sounds Guessing Station

At this station, two participants may compete for the correct answer on water sounds. After the start, a specific water sound will be played. Whoever recognizes it first presses the respective picture button. An acoustic signal will indicate the right option so the player scores a point. The next round does not start until the second player has taken his guess too by pressing a button.

Water-Woman Model

To demonstrate that, on average, 67% of the human body consists of water, this sponge woman may be squeezed out. Illuminated segments on this column reflect her water components.

Quiz Terminals

Who wants to be a Water Expert?
The exhibition's audience will be able to check their own knowledge at three PC- terminals. There are six questions on each of the five exhibition units. Following in the footsteps of the TV quiz show, “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?,“ there are four reply options to a question, one being the correct one. You are a Water Expert at 28 out of 30 points.

Slide Show Columns

One slide show column displays impressive images of water in some of its most beautiful and diverse forms. A second one is entitled, “Water In Danger“ showing impressive motifs from various regions of the world .