News, Springlines

Quiz: how much do you know about water in Sussex?

1. On average, how much water do you think each of us uses every day?
A) 125 litres
B) 87 litres
C) 150 litres
D) 60 litres

2. What does the Sussex dialect word ‘floush-hole’ mean?
A) a hole in the ground, dug for use as a latrine
B) a hole which receives the waste water from a mill pond
C) a horizontal connection between one bore hole and another
D) a hole in the chalk through which a spring bubbles up

3. Which Sussex river provided water power to operate the bellows of an iron works used to make cannons for the Royal Navy between 1578 and 1770?
A) River Arun
B) River Tillingham
C) River Rother (E Sussex)
D) River Rother (W Sussex)

4. How many kilometres of water mains fall within the area served by Southern Water? (Southern Water covers Sussex, Kent, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight)
A) 12,200 km
B) 5,400 km
C) 9,350 km
D) 13,700 km

5. Where does the River Ouse rise?
A) Hartfield
B) Lower Beeding
C) Rotherfield
D) Balcombe

6. The largest reservoir in Sussex is:
A) Arlington Reservoir
B) Weir Wood Reservoir
C) Darwell Reservoir
D) Bewl Water

7. In the Southern Water region, what percentage of water used is supplied from underground sources, ie aquifers, as compared with rivers and reservoirs?
A) 45% underground, 40% rivers, 15% reservoirs
B) 26% underground, 50% rivers, 24% reservoirs
C) 70% underground, 23% rivers, 7% reservoirs
D) 61% underground, 12% rivers, 27% reservoirs

8. Water companies in the southeast are looking at ways of ensuring we have dependable and sustainable water supplies over the next 25 years. Which of the following have recently been suggested (there could be more than one right answer):
A) a desalination plant on the River Arun
B) water rationing
C) pumping cleaned waste (sewage) water into the upper reaches of our rivers to boost flow for later extraction
D) building new reservoirs

9. Why is the Environment Agency concerned about underground supplies of water in the southeast of England? (there could be more than one right answer):
A) Because if ground water levels drop in severe droughts, sea water can more easily enter the aquifers and pollute fresh water supplies with salt water
B) Because the demand for water is rising, and underground storage is finite
C) Because as sea levels rise, salt water is more likely to enter the aquifers and pollute the fresh supplies
D) Because if too much water is extracted from the aquifers, the ground above might subside

10. Have you noticed how many place names tell of the importance of water? Can you think of others to add to this list:
Winterbourne Hollow (a winter bourne is a stream that runs in winter)
The Gill
Wellhouse Farm
Millbrook Shaw

11. Water that comes out of the taps in Lewes comes from:
A) Underground sources in the chalk around Brighton
B) Barcombe reservoir
C) Underground sources in the chalk at Southover
D) The River Ouse

We’ll post the correct answers after the Festival of Water in Lewes on 23 June!

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