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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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Air compressor, c1926

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

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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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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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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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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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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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'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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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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Children's end of Manly Beach, 1956

This is a black-and-white photograph of families playing in the surf at Manly Beach, Sydney, New South Wales, in 1956. Several young children, many of them with their parents, are playing and bodysurfing in the breaking waves.

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Sewerage pipes to be laid in Canberra, 1926

This is a black-and-white photograph showing a storage yard at Kingston, a suburb in Canberra, where thousands of concrete pipes, each standing on end, sit in blocks. Three men are loading some of the pipes onto a truck.

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Canberra’s main sewerage tunnel, 1927

This is a black-and-white photograph of men constructing Canberra's main outfall sewerage tunnel at Weston Creek in the Australian Capital Territory. Three workmen and their tools are in a tunnel that is shored up with timber beams. A well-dressed man, who may be an official, is also present in the damp tunnel.

Teacher resource

Access to safe water and sanitation

This is a compilation of seven teaching sequences about access to safe water and sanitation. It includes sections on access to safe water and adequate sanitation services; water collection and use; ways water is accessed in some developing countries; use of appropriate technology to produce safe, clean water and toilets; ...

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Urban sanitation in India

This is a case study about an approach to the provision of a water supply and sanitation project that involves the local community of Bangalore in the project's design and implementation. It includes sections on Bangalore's expanding needs for water; consequences of a growing population and inadequate infrastructure; and ...