Springlines quiz… the answers!

1. C
On average each of us uses 150 litres of water a day.

2. B
A floush-hole is a hole which receives waste water from a mill-pond.

3. B
It was the River Tillingham that provided water power to operate the bellows of an iron works used to make cannons for the Royal Navy between 1578 and 1770.

4. D
13,700 km of water mains fall within the area served by Southern Water. (Southern Water covers Sussex, Kent, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.)

5. B
The River Ouse rises at Lower Beeding.

6. D
The largest reservoir in Sussex is Bewl Water which can hold more than 31,000 million litres of water.

7. C
In the Southern Water region, 70% of water used is supplied from underground sources (i.e. aquifers) as compared with 23% from rivers and 7% from reservoirs.

8. A, C and D
Water companies in the southeast are looking at ways of ensuring we have dependable and sustainable water supplies over the next 25 years. Amongst other things, they are looking into: a desalination plant on the River Arun, pumping cleaned waste (sewage) water into the upper reaches of our rivers to boost flow for later extraction, and building new reservoirs.

9. A, B and C
The Environment Agency is concerned about underground supplies of water in the southeast of England 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, because the demand for water is rising and underground storage is finite, and because as sea levels rise, salt water is more likely to enter the aquifers and pollute the fresh supplies.

There are so many more watery names!

11. C
Water that comes out of taps in Lewes originates from Underground sources in the chalk at Southover.

About Clare Best

I am Clare Best – poet, writer, teacher of creative writing. My first career was as a fine bookbinder. I've also worked as a bookseller, and for many years as an editor. Poetry publications: Treasure Ground (HappenStance 2009), Excisions (Waterloo Press 2011), Breastless (Pighog Press 2011), CELL (Frogmore Press 2015), Springlines (Little Toller 2017)
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