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In one sense, Living Coasts is a water filtration system with some birds on top. The attraction is built around a super-skimmer, a large octagonal chamber where ozone enriched bubbles remove organic compounds such as food and waste particles from water in a process called protein skimming. The Living Coasts skimmer is the heighIn one sense, Living Coasts is a water filtration system with some birds on top. The attraction is built around a super-skimmer, a large octagonal chamber where ozone enriched bubbles remove organic compounds such as food and waste particles from water in a process called protein skimming. The Living Coasts skimmer is the height of a two storey house and more than 5 metres across; when it was built it was one of the largest in the country.

Water Services Technician Derek Youd can reel off some impressive statistics: “We hold 17 million litres of seawater taken from the Bay in a closed system of interconnected pools and circulated by two 55kw pumps. The system can process 825,000 litres an hour - that’s 19,800,000 litres a day, which means that the entire water volume is cleaned 12 times a day.” The waste - fish waste, bird poo - is diluted and given 24 hours of ultra violet sterilization to kill any harmful bacteria; Living Coasts can fairly claim to send the water back out into the Bay cleaner than when it came in.

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