ATLANTA (March 15, 2016) – Join Georgia Aquarium on March 21 for Sumps and Pumps, an event in conjunction with the Atlanta Science Festival. The event will highlight the pump and filtration system operated by the Aquarium’s Life Support Systems (LSS). Guests will engage in engineering activities and crafts from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Oceans Ballroom.

The Atlanta Science Festival is a city wide event from March 19 – 26 that focuses on the exploration and study of science. Approximately 100 events have been planned throughout the city to celebrate science and technology. The Atlanta Science Festival was founded by Emory University, Georgia Institute of Technology and the Metro Atlanta Chamber to help curious people of all ages engage and explore science and technology that is connected to all parts of our lives.

Georgia Aquarium will be spotlighting the important work done by the Life Support Systems team at this year’s science festival. Without the help of Life Support Systems, guests would be unable to view the habitats. The LSS team of engineers work day and night to maintain the pumps, pipes and filtration systems that carry over 10 million gallons of water throughout the Aquarium to more than 100 habitats.

“Georgia Aquarium is thrilled to partner with the Atlanta Science Festival. We are committed to nurturing a culture of curiosity and engagement with science and technology in our community,” said Kristyn Tumbleson, director of education at Georgia Aquarium. “The Sumps and Pumps event will highlight the variety of career pathways we have here that involve science and technology, so that we can show students the work they are learning in the classroom is being used every day in the field in some really fun ways!”

The Aquarium’s life support equipment is controlled and automated by a state-of-the-art system that uses 24 computers to make 150 million decisions per second. Georgia Aquarium’s Life Support Systems recover and reuse 99.5 percent of the exhibit salt water because of the advanced filtration system. The Aquarium’s water quality lab tests the water quality twice a day to make sure it stays at the safest standards possible for all the animals.

Sumps and Pumps is included in the price of general admission. 




Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that contains more than 10 million gallons of water and has the largest collection of aquatic animals. Georgia Aquarium’s mission is to be a scientific institution that entertains and educates, features exhibits and programs of the highest standards, and offers engaging and exciting guest experiences that promote the conservation of aquatic biodiversity throughout the world. Georgia Aquarium is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums. For additional information, visit