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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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Steam pumping engine, 1914

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

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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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Electrical control panel, c1923

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

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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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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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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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'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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'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 ...

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Explore water pipes [includes spoken instructions]

Trace a city's water supply and wastewater. Collect and test water samples from a dam, treatment plant, pumping station, house, sewage treatment plant and creek outfall. Compare the water clarity and purity at each location.

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Explore water pipes [no spoken instructions]

Trace a city's water supply and wastewater. Collect and test water samples from a dam, treatment plant, pumping station, house, sewage treatment plant and creek outfall. Compare the water clarity and purity at each location.

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Water de-salting kit, 1944

This is a water de-salting kit manufactured from resin, plastic and paper by Permutit Company, USA, in 1944. The kit comprises a lidded rectangular tin with printed text, a paper bag containing mending tape, a plastic drinking bladder and five paper-wrapped rectangular blocks of salt-removing chemicals. White twine has ...

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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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'Save Water!' card published by City West Water, c1996-2004

This is a card published and distributed by City West Water around the period from 1996 to 2004. It is blue, oval in shape and has a hole at the centre top so that it can fit over a hook or door handle. The lettering on the card says 'Save water! Cut your shower time from 7 to 4 minutes and you could save over 25,000 litres ...

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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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Plan for a domestic greywater treatment system, 2003

This is a plan for a domestic greywater treatment system. It was drafted by Stuart McQuire for the Envirowater Greywater Treatment System that he wanted to, and later did, install in his home. He submitted the plan to the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) Victoria as part of the process of receiving approval. The plan ...

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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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'Save 3 buckets a day!' sticker promoting water conservation, 2004

This is a sticker promoting domestic water conservation. It is rectangular and white, overprinted in dark blue. It begins with the message 'Save 3 buckets a day!' and ends with the pictures of three water buckets. Each bucket bears the name and logo of one of the three metropolitan Melbourne water retailers: City West Water, ...