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Cultural Scene & Heard Springs Preserve’s WaterWorks: The Science and Engineering of Water Comes Alive Everyday millions of Southern Nevadans receive high­quality water delivered to homes and businesses throughout the val­ ley, yet very few give any thought to the complex engineering and science required to make that happen. From turning on kitchen faucets to irrigating your home’s landscape, a vast net­ work of pipes, pumps and reservoirs work in concert to ensure that water is there when you need it, and the Springs Preserve's newest permanent exhibit, WaterWorks, provides visitors with an interactive experience about how water is safely delivered throughout our community. 36 Located in the Charleston Heights Pumping Station at the Springs Preserve, WaterWorks is housed in an operational water pumping facility owned and operated by the Las Vegas Valley Water District. The pumping station serves an integral part of the community’s water distribution system. Visitors enter WaterWorks through a massive, 20­ foot diameter tunnel ring used as part of the construction of the 3rd Intake at Lake Mead. This engineering marvel demonstrates the scale of the community’s water infrastructure and the extraordinary amount of planning and ingenuity that has gone into ensuring our community has a reliable water supply. The story of this innovative construction project is explored in the Intake Gallery where you can watch a video about its construction, touch an authentic “man basket” used to lower workers 600 feet below ground to the intake worksite, and inspect real artifacts from workers and machinery used to build the intake tunnel. Fun and games also await visitors in the nearby Conservation Courtyard. This outdoor space includes games that offer ways to save water, both indoors and out. Score points on interactive challenges for making water saving choices. Spin the globe to see just how much turf Southern Nevada residents have removed as a part of the Water Smart Landscape Rebate program. February/March 2018 Visitors also get the experience of Southern Nevada’s water quality laboratory, complete with high­tech analyzers and microscopes. Inspect samples under a UV light, learn about water contaminants that are safely removed from our water supply, and experience what it’s like to work in a laboratory environment. Next door to the laboratory are interactive exhibits that let you trace the path of the Colorado River from the Rocky Mountains to Lake Mead, and on south to Mexico. Water challenges are not unique to just our community, and the Global Terrace features interactive exhibits exploring the worldwide water issues of quality, access and availability. Here you can lift buckets to feel the weight of water that so many people have to carry on a daily basis. Learn how organizations like ONE DROP™ are connecting people through the arts to pro­ tect vital water supplies around the world. Finally, you can use your creativity to inspire others by playing musical instruments with water. You can even paint with water to illustrate what water means to you. WaterWorks is presented by the Las Vegas Valley Water District, the Southern Nevada Water Authority, and the Springs Preserve in partnership with ONE DROP™ with the contribution of the RBC Blue Water Project and the Springs Preserve Foundation. With indoor and outdoor exhibits, a diverse botan­ ical garden, train rides and more, your adventure is around the corner at the Springs Preserve. The Springs Preserve is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. WaterWorks is open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is free for Springs Preserve members and included with General Admission. For more information, visit springspreserve.org.