What lies behind the gesture of opening a water tap?

14/02/2024 - 11:30 h

Ajuntament de Barcelona

An exhibition at the Museu de Ciències Naturals de Barcelona (Natural Sciences Museum of Barcelona) explores the contrasts between a life with and without access to water.


There is no more opportune moment than the present for an exhibition such as the one that will open on 15 February at the Natural Sciences Museum of Barcelona, which will last for a whole year. And if you are not concerned about drinking water and access to this commodity, you should start to be.

The exhibition is entitled “Water, an exhibition without filter” and is part of the International Decade for Action – Water for Sustainable Development and in the context of the sixth sustainable development goal of the United Nations by 2030: to ensure that everyone on the planet has access to safe drinking water.

This is a basic need, as will be explained in this exhibition produced by Pavilhão do Conhecimento – Centro Ciência Viva de Lisboa, with the collaboration of Portuguese research centres and scientific institutions. The exhibition also has the collaboration of the Catalan Water Agency and Barcelona Cicle de l’Aigua. In this part of the world, until now, we have taken it for granted that, every time we opened the tap, water would flow. But how do you live without access to water? Will we ever experience it?

Science and technology can be of great help in achieving, as the UN aims to do, that in six years’ time the more than 2,000 million people who live in the world will have access to drinking water, but this depends partly on us.

The exhibition “Water, an exhibition without filter” is aimed at both adults and younger viewers, who will discover here how much water is available and how we humans use it.

Almost thirty exhibition modules will propose a change of attitude, individually and collectively, in order to guarantee a future with water. Because, as you will see in the different thematic areas of the exhibition, life, with or without water, is very different.

If you want to become familiar with concepts such as water scarcity and learn about the most efficient ways of managing water in large cities, don’t miss “Water, an exhibition without filter”, but first check the information about the visit on the website of the Museum of Natural Sciences.