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Exploration Place Exhibition Looks At Our Relationship With Water

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A new exhibit that looks at Kansas' relationship to one of its most vital resources opens at Exploration Place tomorrow.

The Big Splash will show visitors the inner workings of an aquifer, as well as where our water comes from, and how it’s used.

Most of Kansas’ water resources are underground: It's one of 8 states that sits on top of the High Plains Aquifer. But that source is rapidly being depleted.

Laurel Zhang, director of special projects at Exploration Place, says visitors might be surprised to learn how they can reuse and recycle things in order to conserve water.

“When I go out and buy a pair of jeans, I’m actually using thousands of gallons of water," she says. "So rather than throwing things away, conserv[e] things and [be] conscious of those decisions that we make and how they really affect all the things around us.”

The exhibition will also give visitors a chance to examine water samples from the Arkansas River and test the quality of the water they drink.

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