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GPS Water Pipe Echoes into the Future

11 June 2013

Herstmonceux Science Observatory

A blue pipe which usually helps supply millions of litres of water is helping children understand the science behind the echo, thanks to the donation made by South East Water and GPS PE Pipe Systems.

The Observatory Science Centre near Herstmonceux contacted South East Water asking if the Company was able to supply it with enough plastic pipe to replace its aging echo tube.

When you tap one end of the tube sound rebounds around the 100 metre long pipeline before it is heard at the other end less than a second later.

Jo Osborn, Communications Manager at South East Water, said: “When we received the request from The Observatory Science Centre we worked with our pipe supplier, GPS PE Pipe Systems, to see if it was possible to make this donation.

“We hope that supporting this local educational charity with the material for this hands-on experiment will help inspire scientists and engineers of the future, some of whom we would love to see end up following a career in water.”

Oxana Latypova of GPS said: “We are extremely pleased to be able to help the science centre.

''Although polyethylene pipes such as this are primarily used below ground to provide secure water supplies, it is always great to hear if they have been imaginatively used to help educate the young.”

Dr Sandra Voss, Science Director at The Observatory Science Centre, said: “We are delighted South East Water and GPS PE Pipe Systems were able to make this donation.

“We are currently in the process of refurbishing our outdoor Discovery Park which has a range of interactive exhibits which help educate those who visit.

“Without this donation we would not have been able to renovate the Discovery Park to the extent we have.”

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