Water is not only life; it also shapes the course of history. Over time, Montrealers have had to think about Montreal’s water resources and adopt measures to meet the needs of its growing population. How can we ensure access to drinking water and keep wastewater from harming the health of residents in this booming city? Today, access to drinking water remains a relevant issue; however, we must also think about how to preserve this precious resource. Looking back on our history gives us perspective on the future.
During the visit, you will explore two spaces: the archaeological remains of the Franchère Bridge and the first collector sewer in North America, as well as the Youville Pumping Station, which is part of Montreal's industrial heritage. Through this guided tour, students will understand the impacts of water use and management in Montreal society along with the related technological and environmental issues. After getting a historical primer, the students will engage in a debate and exchange of ideas that will help them ask questions and further reflect on the importance of drinking water in the world.
Historical message: Improved hygiene, wastewater management, and preserving water as a resource.
Technological message: Understanding how a pump works and how drinking water is managed.
Environmental message: Understanding the utility of pumping systems and the importance of preserving our environment, including our drinking water.
For this tour, learning is based on discovery, interaction and reflection. The two main activities used to help students grasp concepts are narrative-based theoretical learning (through interactions with a guide-facilitator) and a debate, or the exchange of ideas about science, politics and the environment.
The activities on this interpreted tour are in line with the aims of the Quebec education programs and help develop the following competencies.