How Much Do You Know About Water Policy?

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How Much Do You Know About Water Policy? - Quiz

Do you know the quality and safety of water varies from place to place? Which water law does the US follow? Take this water policy quiz and see how much you know about water resources. Do you know most tap water comes from surface or groundwater in the US? Source water refers to water bodies that provide drinking water to the public. Learn more water acts by taking this quiz. Let's begin it, then!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Which of the following laws protect water in America?

    • A.

      The Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act of 1974

    • B.

      The Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) of 1974

    • C.

      Both A and B

    • D.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    B. The Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) of 1974
    Explanation
    The correct answer is the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) of 1974. This law was enacted to protect public health by regulating the quality of drinking water in the United States. It sets standards for drinking water quality, establishes requirements for water treatment plants, and provides funding for infrastructure improvements. The Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act of 1974 is not applicable to America as it is an Indian law. Therefore, the correct answer is the SDWA, which specifically protects water in America.

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  • 2. 

    What does EPA stand for?

    • A.

      Environmental Protection Agency

    • B.

      Ecosystem Protection Agency

    • C.

      Environmental Prevention Agency

    • D.

      Environmental Protection Administration

    Correct Answer
    A. Environmental Protection Agency
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA is a government agency responsible for protecting human health and the environment. They enforce regulations and conduct research to ensure clean air, water, and land.

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  • 3. 

    Who sets the standards for drinking water quality?

    • A.

      DPA

    • B.

      CPA

    • C.

      EPA

    • D.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    C. EPA
    Explanation
    The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) sets the standards for drinking water quality. They establish regulations and guidelines to ensure that drinking water is safe for consumption by setting limits on various contaminants and conducting regular monitoring and testing. The DPA (Department of Public Affairs) and CPA (Certified Public Accountant) are not directly involved in setting drinking water quality standards. Therefore, the correct answer is EPA.

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  • 4. 

    Who passed the Water Act in the USA?

    • A.

      Congress

    • B.

      The President

    • C.

      The Supreme Court

    • D.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    A. Congress
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Congress. In the USA, the legislative branch of government, which is Congress, is responsible for passing laws. The Water Act, therefore, would have been passed by Congress. The President and the Supreme Court do not have the authority to pass laws, making them incorrect options.

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  • 5. 

    Which standards and treatment techniques every public water system needs to follow?

    • A.

      National Secondary Drinking Water Regulations

    • B.

      National Primary Drinking Water Regulations

    • C.

      Both A and B

    • D.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    C. Both A and B
    Explanation
    Both the National Secondary Drinking Water Regulations and the National Primary Drinking Water Regulations are the standards and treatment techniques that every public water system needs to follow. The National Secondary Drinking Water Regulations establish non-mandatory water quality standards for contaminants that may cause cosmetic effects (such as skin or tooth discoloration) or aesthetic effects (such as taste, odor, or color) in drinking water. The National Primary Drinking Water Regulations, on the other hand, establish enforceable standards for drinking water contaminants to protect public health. Therefore, both sets of regulations are necessary for ensuring the safety and quality of public drinking water systems.

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  • 6. 

    The SDWA applies to bottled water.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) is a federal law that regulates the quality of drinking water in the United States. However, the SDWA does not directly apply to bottled water. Instead, bottled water is regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. While the FDA has established regulations for bottled water, it is not governed by the SDWA. Therefore, the statement that the SDWA applies to bottled water is false.

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  • 7. 

    What report must every public water system or community water supplier provide?

    • A.

      Producer Consumer Report

    • B.

      Consumer Confidence Report

    • C.

      Both A and B

    • D.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    B. Consumer Confidence Report
    Explanation
    A Consumer Confidence Report is a report that every public water system or community water supplier must provide. This report is important as it provides information to consumers about the quality of their drinking water. It includes details about the source of the water, any contaminants found, and how the water is treated. By providing this report, the water supplier ensures transparency and helps consumers make informed decisions about their water consumption.

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  • 8. 

    What is the list of contaminants called?

    • A.

      Consumer Candidate List

    • B.

      Contaminant Candidate List

    • C.

      Both A and B

    • D.

      None of the above

    Correct Answer
    B. Contaminant Candidate List
    Explanation
    The list of contaminants is called the Contaminant Candidate List. This list includes substances that may be present in water and have the potential to pose a risk to human health. It is used by regulatory agencies to prioritize and monitor these contaminants for further study and potential regulation. The Consumer Candidate List is not a recognized term or list, so it is not the correct answer.

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  • 9. 

    Water sources include:

    • A.

      Surface water

    • B.

      Groundwater

    • C.

      Recycled water

    • D.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    D. All of the above
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "All of the above" because water sources encompass surface water, such as rivers, lakes, and oceans, as well as groundwater, which is found underground in aquifers. Additionally, recycled water, which is treated and reused for various purposes, also falls under the category of water sources. Therefore, all three options listed in the question are valid examples of water sources.

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  • 10. 

    We all live in a watershed. What does the word "watershed" mean?

    • A.

      The land that is covered with oceans.

    • B.

      The land that  drains to a common waterway.

    • C.

      The land that is covered with land only.

    • D.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    B. The land that  drains to a common waterway.
    Explanation
    A watershed refers to the land area that drains to a common waterway, such as a river, lake, or ocean. It includes all the land and water bodies that contribute to the flow of water into a specific waterway. This definition encompasses the concept that water from rainfall or snowmelt flows over the land, collecting in streams and rivers, ultimately reaching a common destination. The other options, such as the land covered with oceans or land covered with land only, do not accurately capture the meaning of a watershed.

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