Virtual Water is an interactive app about embedded water in different products. Users are able to select a product such as a tomato, or chicken, or cotton and find out how much water goes into making it. There is an interactive slide bar that allows the user to increase or decrease the quantity of the product; the water used to make the product increases or decreases accordingly. There is also background information on how water is used to make each product.
How we use it
We have a demo called “Water Foot Print” that is a matching game. There are 14 cards with pictures of different products on them. Each card correlates to a bottle of water that represents the total amount of water it takes to make the product. We use Virtual Water to expand on the demo when a visitor is interested in more information. For example if we have a card for 1 pound of beef, but a visitor is curious about how much water it takes to make a quarter pound of beef instead, we can use the app to find this out. The app has over 30 products, so we can also use the app to look at products not displayed in the demo.