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Multitubular boiler, c1896

This is a double-furnace, internally fired return multitubular boiler of dry-back scotch marine design rated at 300 horsepower. The boiler measures 4.90 m long x 2.75 m wide x 3.80 m high and has a diameter of 2.60 m.

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Steam pumping engine, 1914

This is a steam-powered pumping engine at Spotswood Pumping Station, Victoria.

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Air compressor, c1926

This is an electrically powered horizontal air compressor at the Spotswood Pumping Station, Victoria.

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Centrifugal pump motor - MMBW Spotswood Sewerage Pumping Station, 1938

This is an electric pump motor made by the British General Electric Company, serial no. C20628, 400 horsepower, 440 volt. It is 1720 mm high, 1355 mm long and 1153 mm wide. This equipment forms part of the Spotswood Pumping Station Collection at Museum Victoria.

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Electrical control panel, c1923

This is an electrical control panel unit, protected by a grille, at the Spotswood Pumping Station.

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'Easy ways to be a water saver' brochure, 2003

This is a brochure promoting water conservation, published by the Victorian Department of Sustainability and Environment in October 2003. The blue-and-white cover includes the title - 'Easy ways to be a water saver', a background design showing water rippling, and the Victorian Government's 'Our water our future' logo. ...

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Electric lift, 1920s

This is a single-person electric cage lift at the Spotswood Pumping Station, Victoria.

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Flow meter, c1923

This is a Type A 'Orivent' Meter Recorder at the No 4 pumping well at Spotswood Pumping Station. The meter features a chart recorder to record fluctuations in water pressure, and the rate of flow was indicated on six small dial gauges. The instrument is enclosed in a glass case.

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Where does tap water come from? [includes spoken instructions]

Look at water cycles in both city and country areas. For each area, assemble a jigsaw puzzle illustrating the water cycle. Arrange components such as rainfall, runoff, collection, storage, pumping, treatment, household usage and wastewater disposal. Follow instructions to make cardboard versions of the jigsaws.

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Where does tap water come from? [no spoken instructions]

Look at water cycles in both city and country areas. For each area, assemble a jigsaw puzzle illustrating the water cycle. Arrange components such as rainfall, runoff, collection, storage, pumping, treatment, household usage and wastewater disposal. Follow instructions to make cardboard versions of the jigsaws.

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Urinal from time of Melbourne's first sewerage system, c1900

This video features curator David Crotty talking about a urinal in Museum Victoria's collection. He also explores the history surrounding the introduction of Melbourne's first sewerage stystem. The urinal was installed in about 1900. This video includes photographs and artwork from that time, and its duration is 1 min 30 sec.

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'Watersmart: garden and homes rebate scheme' brochure, 2003

This is a colour brochure promoting domestic water conservation in gardens and homes. It was published by the Victorian Department of Sustainability and Environment in October 2003. The cover shows a man selecting a water-efficient showerhead, and a woman in the background also looking at showerheads. Text on the cover ...

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Toowoomba: the politics of recycling Water, 2007

In 2007, a referendum to use recycled in Toowoomba was defeated. This clip features an interview with the then-Water Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, conducted as part of 'Talkback classroom', a forum program run by the education section of the National Museum of Australia. Each year a series of forums is held, at which a panel ...

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Turning stormwater into groundwater

Imagine how much your life would change if your water supply ran out. Yet, when it rains, so much water is lost as it runs into stormwater drains. Watch as scientists talk about re-directing stormwater to recharge a groundwater aquifer. Listen as they describe how they can use a natural system to remove contaminants from ...

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Managing groundwater for tomorrow

Seventy percent of Perth's water comes from underground. Imagine what would happen if that source of water dried up. It's a real possibility if the impact of the climate and human activity is not carefully managed. Watch as scientists show what causes groundwater levels to fall and the effect that has on the Earth's ecosystems. ...

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Using greywater in the garden

Do you want to know how to create a thriving garden in your backyard using recycled water from your house? Listen as presenter Josh Byrne takes you through his backyard garden and shows how his family recycles water.

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Hand-drawn plan for water efficient garden, 1999

This is a plan hand-drafted by designer Wendy van Dok in 1999. It is a landscape plan for her own water efficient garden, and includes a large plant list featuring many drought-tolerant Australian native species. The plan, which is part of the Water Smart Home Collection at Museum Victoria, is 570 mm in width by 390 mm in height.

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Melbourne Water's Winneke Treatment Plant calendar, 2007

This is the cover of Melbourne Water's 2007 calendar. It features a child's colourful painting of a tree growing in cracking earth, with a burning sun in the backgound. The name of the Winneke Treatment Plant appears at the bottom left. The calendar is part of the Water Smart Home Collection at Museum Victoria. It is 218 ...

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'Turning blue: wise ways with water around your home', City of Melbourne, 2004

This is the cover of a 2004 booklet called 'Turning blue: wise ways with water around your home', which was produced by the City of Melbourne as part of their 'Total watermark' strategy. The cover features a flourishing wetland scene complete with five waterbirds and plenty of vegetation. This item is part of the Water ...

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'Making Melbourne the world's most water-sensitive city' brochure, 2003

This is a colour brochure that promotes and was published by Melbourne Water, a water management organisation owned by the Victorian Government. The cover includes the title of the brochure - 'Making Melbourne the world's most water-sensitive city', a photograph of a large body of water with land in the background, and ...