Water Treatment Plant Operator Quiz: Trivia!

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Water Treatment Quizzes & Trivia

Did you know that a water treatment plant operator is a person who manages a system of devices to transfer or treat water or wastewater? Most of these people are employed by the local government. Under general supervision, the water treatment plant operator will oversee, maintain, and repair a wide array of complex machinery and equipment. This quiz will explain this specific job and what it entails. Happy learning.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Neither plant life nor animal life depend upon water for survival.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 2. 
    Desalination technology is advancing and can make water in the oceans suitable for other beneficial uses.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 3. 
    When using a river or stream as a source for a drinking water supply, one should always be concerned with upstream conditions.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 4. 
    Running water purifies itself to drinking water quality within a stated distance.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 5. 
    The water table may slope from areas of recharge to lower areas of discharge.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 6. 
    The sanitary survey should include the location of all potential and existing health hazards and the determination of their present and future importance.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 7. 
    To be suitable for human use, water should be free from all impurities that are offensive to the senses of sight, taste, and smell.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 8. 
    The specific disease-producing organisms present in water are easily isolated and identified.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 9. 
    The Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) gave EPA the responsibility for enforcing drinking water regulations.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 10. 
    Operators must realize that water can degrade in the distribution or delivery system.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 11. 
    Which problem has been caused by mineral residues from irrigation?
    • A. 

      Drinking water taste bland

    • B. 

      Fish in mountain lakes are killed

    • C. 

      Once fertile soil is damaged

    • D. 

      Toxic storm water runs off from highways

  • 12. 
    Which problem is caused by acid rain?
    • A. 

      Drinking water tastes bland

    • B. 

      Fish in mountain lakes are killed

    • C. 

      Once fertile soil is damaged

    • D. 

      Toxic storm water runs off from highways

  • 13. 
    Why do water shortages directly influence energy consumption?
    • A. 

      As groundwater levels fall, more energy is required to pump water from deeper levels in the basin

    • B. 

      As people use less water, energy consumption increases

    • C. 

      As water availability decreases, people use more energy to create more water

    • D. 

      As water shortages increase, there is more water available to generate hydroelectrical power

  • 14. 
    If there is any question regarding the right to the use of the water, what should a property owner do?
    • A. 

      Consult with neighbors and reach an appropriate agreement

    • B. 

      Consult with the appropriate authority and clearly establish rights to its use

    • C. 

      Pay sufficient funds to the regulatory agency to acquire exclusive water rights

    • D. 

      Question all persons claiming rights and allocate or budget water equitably

  • 15. 
    What is an impermeable surface?
    • A. 

      A surface that does not allow, or allows only with great difficulty, the movement or passage of water

    • B. 

      A surface that easily allows the movement or passage of water

    • C. 

      A surface used by operators to control direct runoff

    • D. 

      A surface used to control the runoff of storm water

  • 16. 
    What is lake or reservoir stratification?
    • A. 

      The formation of a condition in a lake or reservoir where evaporation is controlled

    • B. 

      The formation of ideal fishing conditions in a lake or reservoir

    • C. 

      The formation of mixing or turnover conditions in a lake or reservoir

    • D. 

      The formation of separate layers (temperature, plant, or animal life)in a lake or reservoir.

  • 17. 
    Why must recreation facilities be properly constructed and located away from water supply intake areas?
    • A. 

      To improve intake maintenance activities

    • B. 

      To increase revenue generated by recreation users

    • C. 

      To protect the recreation users from intake operation activities

    • D. 

      To protect the water supply from contamination

  • 18. 
    With a new water supply, when should the sanitary survey be made?
    • A. 

      After the entire system is on line and as a final sanitary check

    • B. 

      During the collection of initial engineering data covering the development of a given source and its capacity to meet existing and future needs

    • C. 

      During the start-up procedures for a new plant

    • D. 

      During the survey of neighboring waste discharge violations

  • 19. 
    What is a cross connection?
    • A. 

      A branch of medicine that studies epidemics

    • B. 

      A connection between a drinking (potable) water system and an unapproved water supply

    • C. 

      A detailed description of all underground features discovered during the drilling of a well

    • D. 

      A detailed evaluation and/or inspection of a source of water supply and all conveyances, storage, treatment, and distribution facilities to ensure protection of the water supply from all pollution sources

  • 20. 
    Why is the coliform group of bacteria used to estimate the relative degree of bacterial contamination of water?
    • A. 

      Coliforms are always present in fecal wastes and vastly outnumber specific disease-producing organisms

    • B. 

      Coliforms are specific pathogens

    • C. 

      Coliforms are unique to the wastes of humans

    • D. 

      Coliforms cause very serious diseases

  • 21. 
    Water rights may stem from or be acquired by which items?
    • A. 

      A performance of certain acts required by law

    • B. 

      Ownership of the land bordering the source of water

    • C. 

      Ownership of the land overlying the source of water

    • D. 

      Payment of a significant sum of money

    • E. 

      Proximity to the ocean

  • 22. 
    What can happen to precipitation (rain or snow)?
    • A. 

      Can be returned to the atmosphere by evaporation

    • B. 

      Can enter the ground through infiltration

    • C. 

      Can flow over the ground surface

    • D. 

      Can immediately be lost by evapotranspiration

    • E. 

      Can run off directly as surface water

  • 23. 
    Which discharges could be sources of upstream pollution for a water treatment plant?
    • A. 

      Agricultural drainage

    • B. 

      Clear well drainage

    • C. 

      Distribution storage releases

    • D. 

      Industrial waste

    • E. 

      Municipal waste water

  • 24. 
    The purpose of investigating or considering certain essential factors in a sanitary survey is to achieve which results?
    • A. 

      To complete all portions of the survey checklist

    • B. 

      To determine factors that affect water quality

    • C. 

      To evaluate the adequacy of the budget

    • D. 

      To identify potential hazards

    • E. 

      To select treatment requirements

  • 25. 
    Once precipitation reaches the earth's surface, many opportunities are presented for the introduction of which forms of contamination?
    • A. 

      Energy

    • B. 

      Gases

    • C. 

      Microorganisms

    • D. 

      Mineral substances

    • E. 

      Organic substances

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