Listening - About a city's water supply

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Listening series - C105

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Lesson idea. This interview explains how a city is kept supplied with water through an underground source of water and an intriguing range of pipes. We also hear about a ‘Dry Garden’, containing not-so thirsty plants, which the water company established at Cambridge University Botanical gardens. The supplied questions aim to focus students' attention and prompt a discussion.

Teaching approach. This resource was made for general public interest but may find use as enrichment material for science and geography. (edit)

Resource details
Title Listening to scientists - a lifelong water expert talks about a city's water supply
Topic Science
Learning Objectives
  • Understanding how water finds its way from the rain to the tap via aquifers bore holes and kilometres of pipe.
Format / structure

Audio podcast (mp3)- 13 minutes

Subject
Age of students / grade


Useful information

Edited from The Science Show on Cambridge 105 FM


Files and resources to view and download

Questions and prompts are available here here


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What does a sponge have to do with chalk? <br/>

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