Take our Water Less quiz!

Sure, you understand that conserving water make sense. But do you know how to accomplish this? Or from where most of our water supply originates? As part of our Water Less campaign, here’s a water conservation quiz to test your knowledge.


Lawn sprinkler spraying water

Lawns only need about ___ to ___ of water at a time.

a. 1 to 2 inches
b. ½ to ¾ inch
c. 1/3 to 1 inch
d.  0 to 1/3 inch


Person comparing 2 showerheads

The older a showerhead is, the more water it uses. New showerheads deliver 2 gallons of water per minute. Old fixtures can deliver as much as ___ gallons per minute.

a. 3
b. 4
c. 6
d. 8


Two blue pills

Leaks are often silent, allowing loss of water to go undetected for long periods of time. The average leaky toilet tank can waste ____ gallons of water each day.

a. 200
b. 100
c. 50
d. 10


Silhouette of a person swimming in clear water

About 90 percent of us in north and east-central Florida get our drinking water from a/an:

a. Reservoir
b. Ocean
c. Aquifer
d. Domestic self-supply well


Close-up picture of clear aquafer water

The largest aquifer in the southeastern United States is the:

a. Floridan
b. Biscayne
c. Surficial
d. Atlantic


Close-up picture of limestone

Aquifers can be thought of as:

a. Huge underground rivers
d. Vast underground, porous rocks
c. Underground freshwater reservoirs
d. Being similar to the Atlantic Ocean


Water treatment pump leavers

In some areas, water in the aquifer is not suitable for drinking without treatment because it contains:

a. Salt
b. Minerals
c. Neither
d. Both


Sprinkler system dial

One way each person can protect water resources is by following the St. Johns River Water Management District’s irrigation restrictions, which call for efficient water use and prohibits outdoor irrigation between:

a. Dawn and dusk during the summer
b. Dusk and dawn year-round
c. 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily, year-round
d. 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. during the summer


A sprinkler spraying a landscaped yard

In many areas of Florida, more than ____ of the water withdrawn from the aquifer for public supply ends up as lawn irrigation:

a. 50 percent
b. 25 percent
c. 75 percent
d. 10 percent


Dark water running into lighter water

__________ is now the No. 1 remaining water quality problem in the nation, accounting for the pollution of about 40 percent of all waterways surveyed nationwide.

a. Point source pollution from industries
b. Stormwater runoff from lawns, roads and other developed areas
c. Saltwater intrusion
d. Wastewater from sewage treatment plants

  1. ½ to ¾ inch
  2. 6
  3. 200
  4. Aquifer
  5. Floridan
  6. Vast underground, porous rocks
  7. Both
  8. 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily, year-round
  9. 50 percent
  10. Stormwater runoff from lawns, roads and other developed areas

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