Water Quiz 2014

Take the Water Trivia quiz to test your knowledge, and to discover fun and important facts about water usage!

(Hint: You can find some of the answers by visiting Next 10's all-new California Water Challenge, which lets users decide how the state should handle its current water crisis.)

What is seawater desalination?

Artificial stimulation of clouds to produce more rainfall or snowfall

Incorrect! Desalination is the process of removing salts from saline water.

Water transportation and storage technology

Incorrect! Desalination is the process of removing salts from saline water.

The process of removing salts from saline water

Correct! Desalination is the process of removing salts from saline water.

A process of humidification-dehumidification

Incorrect! Desalination is the process of removing salts from saline water.

How many gallons of water does it take to produce one fresh egg?

13 gallons

Incorrect! It takes 62 gallons of water to produce one fresh egg.

24 gallons

Incorrect! It takes 62 gallons of water to produce one fresh egg.

62 gallons

Correct! It takes 62 gallons of water to produce one fresh egg

86 gallons

Incorrect! It takes 62 gallons of water to produce one fresh egg.

How much water does it take to do one load of laundry?

5 gallons of water

Incorrect! It takes 25 gallons of water to do one load of laundry.

15 gallons of water

Incorrect! It takes 25 gallons of water to do one load of laundry.

25 gallons of water

Correct! It takes 25 gallons of water to do one load of laundry.

35 gallons of water

Incorrect! It takes 25 gallons of water to do one load of laundry.

How many farms and ranches are there in California?

11,900

Incorrect! There are 80,500 farms and ranches in California.

20,100

Incorrect! There are 80,500 farms and ranches in California.

50,300

Incorrect! There are 80,500 farms and ranches in California.

80,500

Correct! There are 80,500 farms and ranches in California.

Looking only at human water use and not water for the environment, what percentage of water is used by the agricultural sector?

80 percent

Correct! The agricultural sector accounts for 80 percent of human water use.

60 percent

Incorrect! The agricultural sector accounts for 80 percent of human water use.

40 percent

Incorrect! The agricultural sector accounts for 80 percent of human water use.

30 percent

Incorrect! The agricultural sector accounts for 80 percent of human water use.

About how much water does an average California family of four use per year?

286,000 gallons

You got it! The average family of four uses about 286,000 gallons of water per year

209,000 gallons

Incorrect! The average family of four uses 286,000 gallons of water per year.

112,000 gallons

Incorrect! The average family of four uses 286,000 gallons of water per year.

55,000 gallons

Incorrect! The average family of four uses 286,000 gallons of water per year.

How many acre-feet of precipitation does California receive in an average year?

100 million acre-feet

Incorrect! California receives 200 million acre-feet of precipitation in an average year.

200 million acre-feet

Correct! California receives 200 million acre-feet of precipitation in an average year.

300 million acre-feet

Incorrect! California receives 200 million acre-feet of precipitation in an average year.

400 million acre-feet

Incorrect! California receives 200 million acre-feet of precipitation in an average year.

How much water is in one acre/foot?

Enough water to flood an acre with 1 inch of water

Incorrect! One acre/foot is enough to flood an acre with 12 inches of water.

Enough water to flood an acre with 12 inches of water

You got it! One acre/foot is enough to flood an acre with 12 inches of water.

Enough water to flood an acre with 24 inches of water

Incorrect! One acre/foot is enough to flood an acre with 12 inches of water.

Enough water to flood an acre with 1 yard of water

Incorrect! One acre/foot is enough to flood an acre with 12 inches of water.

How much water does California consume per capita compared to other states?

2nd Highest per capita in the nation

Incorrect! California water consumption is the 15th Highest Per Capita in the nation.

15th Highest per capita in the nation

You got it! California water consumption is the 15th Highest Per Capita in the nation.

30th Highest per capita in the nation

Incorrect! California water consumption is the 15th Highest Per Capita in the nation.

45th Highest per capita in the nation

Incorrect! California water consumption is the 15th Highest Per Capita in the nation.

What is cloud seeding?

Water transportation and storage technology

Incorrect! Cloud seeding is the artificial stimulation of clouds to produce more rainfall or snowfall.

The process of removing salts from saline water

Incorrect! Cloud seeding is the artificial stimulation of clouds to produce more rainfall or snowfall.

A process of humidification-dehumidification

Incorrect! Cloud seeding is the artificial stimulation of clouds to produce more rainfall or snowfall.

Artificial stimulation of clouds to produce more rainfall or snowfall

Yes! Cloud seeding is the artificial stimulation of clouds to produce more rainfall or snowfall.

How many gallons of water does it take to water an average lawn once?

15 gallons of water

Incorrect! On average, it takes 300 gallons of water.

55 gallons of water

Incorrect! On average, it takes 300 gallons of water.

100 gallons of water

Incorrect! On average, it takes 300 gallons of water.

300 gallons of water

Correct! It takes about 300 gallons of water to water an average lawn once.

What is California's largest reservoir?

Lake Mead

Incorrect! Lake Shasta is California's largest reservoir.

Lake Shasta

Correct! Lake Shasta is California's largest reservoir.

San Luis Reservoir

Incorrect! Lake Shasta is California's largest reservoir.

Clear Lake

Incorrect! Lake Shasta is California's largest reservoir.

Looking at California's total electricity use, how much goes to pump, treat, and transport water?

5 percent

Incorrect! Looking at the state's total electricity use, 20 percent goes to pump, treat, and transport water.

10 percent

Incorrect! Looking at the state's total electricity use, 20 percent goes to pump, treat, and transport water.

20 percent

Correct! Looking at the state's total electricity use, 20 percent goes to pump, treat, and transport water.

30 percent

Incorrect! Looking at the state's total electricity use, 20 percent goes to pump, treat, and transport water.

How many gallons of water are used during an average shower?

1-3 gallons

Incorrect! An average shower uses 9-12 gallons of water.

3-6 gallons

Incorrect! An average shower uses 9-12 gallons of water.

6-9 gallons

Incorrect! An average shower uses 9-12 gallons of water.

9-12 gallons

Yes! An average shower uses 9-12 gallons of water.

What conservation measure would save a homeowner the most water on average?

Replacing toilets

Incorrect! On average, changing landscaping would save a homeowner the most water.

Changing landscaping

You got it! On average, changing landscaping would save a homeowner the most water.

Shorter showers

Incorrect! On average, changing landscaping would save a homeowner the most water.

Buying a more efficient clothes washer or dryer

Incorrect! On average, changing landscaping would save a homeowner the most water.

What uses the most water inside the home each day?

Leaks

Incorrect! The toilet uses the most water inside the home.

Toilet

You got it! The toilet uses the most water inside the home.

Clothes washer

Incorrect! The toilet uses the most water inside the home.

Shower

Incorrect! The toilet uses the most water inside the home.

Almond orchards in California use as much water as ___ percent of domestic use in the state?

15 percent

Incorrect! Almond orchards in California use as much water as 75 percent of domestic use in the state.

35 percent

Incorrect! Almond orchards in California use as much water as 75 percent of domestic use in the state.

55 percent

Incorrect! Almond orchards in California use as much water as 75 percent of domestic use in the state.

75 percent

Correct! Almond orchards in California use as much water as 75 percent of domestic use in the state.

What percentage of the typical residential water bill is used for landscaping in California?

10 percent

Incorrect! Landscaping accounts for 50 percent of the typical residential water bill in California.

20 percent

Incorrect! Landscaping accounts for 50 percent of the typical residential water bill in California.

30 percent

Incorrect! Landscaping accounts for 50 percent of the typical residential water bill in California.

50 percent

Yes! Landscaping accounts for 50 percent of the typical residential water bill in California.

Which California County uses the least amount of water per capita per day?

San Francisco

Correct! San Francisco uses the least amount of water per capita per day.

Los Angeles

Incorrect! San Francisco uses the least amount of water per capita per day.

Sacramento

Incorrect! San Francisco uses the least amount of water per capita per day.

Riverside

Incorrect! San Francisco uses the least amount of water per capita per day.

As of July 2014, how many jobs did the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences estimate the drought will cost the state?

3,600

Incorrect! The Center estimates the drought will cost the state 17,100 jobs.

10,200

Incorrect! The Center estimates the drought will cost the state 17,100 jobs.

17,100

Correct! The Center estimates the drought will cost the state 17,100 jobs.

25,500

Incorrect! The Center estimates the drought will cost the state 17,100 jobs.

What country consumes the most water per person?

Japan

Incorrect! The United States consumes the most water per person.

Denmark

Incorrect! The United States consumes the most water per person.

United States

Correct! The United States consumes the most water per person.

Philippines

Incorrect! The United States consumes the most water per person.

About how much of the state's annual precipitation falls north of Sacramento?

15 percent

Incorrect! About 75 percent of the state's annual precipitation falls north of Sacramento.

35 percent

Incorrect! About 75 percent of the state's annual precipitation falls north of Sacramento.

75 percent

You got it! About 75 percent of the state's annual precipitation falls north of Sacramento.

90 percent

Incorrect! About 75 percent of the state's annual precipitation falls north of Sacramento.

As of July 2014, how much did the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences say the drought is expected to cost the state of California?

$1.3 billion

Incorrect! The study estimates that the drought will cost California $2.2 billion.

$2.2 billion

Correct! The study estimates that the drought will cost California $2.2 billion.

$5.4 billion

Incorrect! The study estimates that the drought will cost California $2.2 billion.

$7.7 billion

Incorrect! The study estimates that the drought will cost California $2.2 billion.

What is dewvaporation?

Artificial stimulation fo clouds to produce more rainfall or snowfall

Incorrect! Dewvaporation is a process of humidification-dehumidification.

Water transportation and storage technology

Incorrect! Dewvaporation is a process of humidification-dehumidification.

The process of removing salts from saline water

Incorrect! Dewvaporation is a process of humidification-dehumidification.

A process of humidification-dehumidification.

Correct! Dewvaporation is a process of humidification-dehumidification.

How many gallons of water does it take to "grow" one hamburger patty?

24 gallons

Incorrect! It takes 150 gallons of water to grow one hamburger patty.

102 gallons

Incorrect! It takes 150 gallons of water to grow one hamburger patty.

150 gallons

You got it! It takes 150 gallons of water to grow one hamburger patty.

230 gallons

Incorrect! It takes 150 gallons of water to grow one hamburger patty.

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