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Water Research Center Opens in Warsaw
August 2, 2010   
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The Warsaw University of Life Sciences (SGGW) launched Poland’s largest water research center June 16.

The center, which is part of the university’s Faculty of Engineering and Environmental Science, contains 19 laboratories with modern equipment and a “water park” with a simulated river.

The specialized equipment was built to measure to guarantee a high quality of research, according to the university.

During its first five years, the project will focus on education and the promotion of research concerned with water resources. Later the scientists will try to put their research results into practice.

The water research center was built using 9 million euros in European Union funds. It was one of key investment projects carried out as part of the European Commission’s Infrastructure and Environment Operational Program for 2007-2013.

Groups of students took part in all stages of the project, from earthwork to the design of the water park. Even the fountain inside the building has an educational function as it contains machinery that is used for research purposes. Students are taught how to design a closed water circuit, what substances are required to keep it clean and how to filter the water.

The water park was designed to simulate a river that has its source in a mountainous area and empties into a sea. Visitors can watch how water currents build up and how plant and animal life changes along the river’s course.

The water park is freely accessible to visitors at all times. Other research facilities, such as laboratories, however, are only open to group tours not to disrupt the scientists’ work.

According to researchers at the Warsaw University of Life Sciences, water will become a worldwide problem over the next few decades, which explains why people need to be educated on how to better store it and limit its usage.

Another aim of the project is to train professionals who will be able to prevent floods and deal with their consequences—a vital agenda for a country regularly plagued by floods.
Piotr Bartosz
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