New SciTech Kiosk Links Kids to Water District

Two young visitors explore the new Fox Metro kiosk at SciTech Hands On Museum in downtown Aurora.

Two young visitors explore the new Fox Metro kiosk at SciTech Hands On Museum in downtown Aurora.

 

Did you know that Fox Metro has been cleaning our water since the 1920s? In a new kiosk on loan from Fox Metro, SciTech visitors can learn about the history of the local wastewater treatment plant.

The kiosk is fun for all ages and the interactive screen allows users to explore Fox Metro’s history along with the facility, local fauna and flora, and 3D models.

Fox Metro is also working cooperatively with SciTech and local unions to renovate the main bathrooms on the first floor near the kiosk. The bathrooms are being retrofitted with LED lighting and new equipment that will help to conserve energy and water use.

Fox Metro serves a handful of communities in the Fox Valley. The kiosk serves to educate those communities about the water reclamation district.

“It gives an overview of what we do,” said Zac Bonesz, field operations foreman. Bonesz demoed the quiz that asks questions such as whether a Volkswagen Beetle or a baby crocodile was found once at the facility.

The kiosk includes audio and visual components that allow users to tour the facility through photos and videos.

Field Services Manager Matthew Woodin said the kiosk allows them to “reach out to the public” so they can understand “what the district is.” He added that Fox Metro is often the “forgotten utility” that everyone uses.

Clean water is everybody’s issue, he said.