Chicago's Field Museum Unveils 'Water' Exhibit

June 17, 2009
Underwriters Laboratories is a sponsor of the exhibition, which runs through Sept. 20

The Field Museum’s “Water” exhibit, which focuses on how people use water and the future of clean water supplies, opened Wednesday, June 17, and runs through Sunday, Sept. 20.

Underwriters Laboratories (UL) has partnered with The Field Museum as a sponsor of the exhibit, along with J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., The Wege Foundation, The Joyce Foundation, City of Chicago Department of Water Management, the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago and the Oberweiler Foundation.

"UL's Global Water business provides safety testing and certification programs focused on drinking water and the products and systems that deliver it," said Jeffrey Smith, general manager, UL Global Water Business. "This partnership with The Field Museum raises awareness for safe drinking water globally while educating consumers on various water quality and quantity issues and the role UL plays in each of these important areas."

The Water exhibition aims to teach visitors about the importance of Earth's most vital and fleeting resource, according to The Field Museum. Visitors will examine how living things adapt to extremes of wet and dry environments, and learn how human behavior alters precious aquatic ecosystems. People will be inspired by conservation efforts from around the world and discover what their families can do to protect and conserve our planet's water. Through hands-on activities, immersive dioramas and artifacts, Water presents life's essential element uniting us, surrounding us, and challenging us.

UL has developed a number of educational efforts focused on teaching children about water quality. Earlier this year, UL released “Wild About Safety--Timon and Pumbaa Safety Smart Goes Green!” a classroom-edition DVD developed through a partnership between UL and various units of The Walt Disney Co. “Safety Smart Goes Green!” teaches children what they can do to help our environment.

"We all need to do our part to protect the global water supply," said Smith. "While UL is continually working to enhance and expand its drinking water testing capabilities and educational outreach, families can contribute by conserving water use at home and buying water delivery products that are tested for safety."

Source: Underwriters Laboratories