Discover desal at Murdoch's Rockingham campus

February 10, 2012

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Australia’s new Desal Discovery Centre at Murdoch University’s Rockingham campus will open its doors to the public for the first time on Saturday, February 25.

Guided tours of the new water science attraction at the National Centre of Excellence in Desalination Australia (NCEDA) will be held between 1-5pm.

Visitors can watch a 3D movie of the desalination process, tour the new pilot testing facility and experience ‘hands-on’ water science performing a desal membrane autopsy in the new Desal Discovery Centre Edulab. There will also be a taste test challenge to see if locals can tell the difference between desalinated and non-desalinated water.

More than one third of Perth’s drinking water now comes from the sea via desalination instead of from reservoir dams, and by the end of the year with the expansion of the city’s second desal plant this figure will rise to half of total supply.

Desal Discovery Centre Manager Warren Hays says the Centre has so far hosted tours by teachers from local schools Kolbe Catholic College and Rockingham Montessori, a class from St Judes Catholic Primary, and top science students from the National Youth Science Forum.

School visits will continue throughout term time and further public events will coincide with National Science Week and Murdoch University’s Rockingham Campus Open Day later in 2012.

Local schools and organisations interested in visiting the Desal Discovery Centre or supporting its science education activities can contact Mr Hays at ddc@desalination.edu.au or by phoning 08 9360 7177.

NCEDA is funded by the Australian Government’s Water for the Future initiative. For further information visit www.desalination.edu.au.

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