What happens when it rains?

Visitors to the Carnegie Science Center can find out how rainfall affects the region’s wastewater treatment and collection system at a new exhibit, ALCOSAN: Overflow Challenge.

The mock control station allows visitors to decide what to do when storms stress the system. Should they increase the size of the treatment plant, install more rain gardens, or try a combination of water control methods? The flashing red lights let amateur operators know they’ve made a mistake, and the green lights indicate success.

The station is part of the science center’s “H2Oh! Why our rivers matter” on the first floor.

Summer is the perfect time to visit the center and give the ALCOSAN station a try. Also, be sure to attend ALCOSAN’s popular Open House from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, September 21, where there will be hundreds of other interactive exhibits and displays. Open House visitors can receive buy-one, get-one passes for the science center, too. I’d love to see you there.

Arletta Scott Williams

Arletta Scott Williams
ALCOSAN Executive Director

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