Xylem will debut an interactive game at Georgia Aquarium Ocean Voyager exhibit on 17 Oct 2023 for visitors to learn about sand filtration and water reuse technology with the Clean Water Challenge game alongside the whale sharks’ 6.3-million-gallon home in Atlanta, Georgia, US.
Water is recirculated through the sand filters in each of the exhibits, allowing Georgia Aquarium to reduce its overall water consumption and reuse the majority of the 11 million gallons of water found in the facility.
Following a series of onscreen prompts, visitors must repair a virtual exhibit to save whale sharks, manta rays and hundreds of fish. Participants build the proper filtration system to achieve optimal water quality levels. Visitors will learn how sand filtration is safe for the animals and provides a level of water quality closest to their natural habitat. Xylem Neptune Benson sand filters used in the exhibits provide filtration to remove particulates from the water, establish a healthy balance of bacteria and create a safe habitat for more than 40 species.
Hiroshi Okuda, senior director of strategic marketing and corporate partnerships at Georgia Aquarium said, “Our relationship with Xylem and the Clean Water Challenge game enables us to teach our patrons about how clean, sustainable water is an essential part of our animal care.”
Georgia Aquarium is a nonprofit scientific institution that provides aquatic research, conservation efforts, and care of its animals. The facility conducts research by working with animals, both in the aquarium and in their natural habitats, to develop new standards of care and veterinary practices.
“The Clean Water Challenge game provides a fun, interactive way to inform visitors about the direct impact water quality and filtration have on aquatic life in an aquarium environment,” said Scott Holzborn, vice-president and general manager of the disinfection and aquatics division at Xylem.
Visitors can play the Clean Water Challenge game and check out Georgia Aquarium year-round.