CHARLOTTE – The Global Water Center is touring the country in 2021 showcasing its expansive, educational Mobile Discovery Center to raise awareness about the global water crisis.

The free exhibit is open from May 5 to 9 at Charlotte Premium Outlets with CDC protocols for COVID-19, including social distancing, sanitized surfaces and masks requirements for staff and visitors.

“We are fortunate to live in a nation where almost everyone has access to clean, safe water and it’s easy to lose sight of the perils faced by those in countries who don’t,” said Chris Holdorf, executive director of the Global Water Center. “Impacts from the lack of safe water have posed serious health hazards for one-third of the world’s population for generations and something must be done to end the crisis.”

Spanning more than 25,000 square feet of exhibit space, the center's experiential journey educates visitors about the world’s critical water issues and motivates guests to become advocates for safe water.

Stories are told through interactive visuals, including augmented reality and radio-frequency identification technology.

Designed for all audiences, the exhibit offers hands-on, safe water activities, including water testing stations, solar-powered systems and treatment facilities.

A domed theater and other compelling interactive elements, major themes include:

• Water Is Life highlights the three states of water. It explores the uniqueness of water on Earth through powerful visuals that demonstrate why it is essential to life and how access to safe water helps humans maintain good health.

• Water and People reveals almost every aspect of life that is impacted by water. It details the advantages and opportunities of reliable access to abundant, safe water and the obstacles presented by water scarcity and/or unsafe water. It features the Water Challenge game to test visitors’ knowledge of safe water issues and provides other interactive experiences.

• Safe Water for Everyone uses augmented reality to highlight how the best technologies and plans help secure sources of safe water for populations in need. It showcases people that have risen from poverty to attain good health and well-being when provided access to safe water.

“The global water crisis is too complex to solve unless a consortium of organizations and individuals work together in development and execution of a unified, strategic plan,” Holdorf said. “Without it, we face inconsistent water standards, lack of monitoring and accountability, and low public awareness. The Mobile Discovery Center ties it all together and shows how we can successfully tackle these issues.”

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