Play Sink or Float!

Your media partners can invite their audiences to play Sink or Float. Contestants correctly answering these or other skill testing questions can be rewarded with exhibit passes or giveaways. Categories may include: Where on Earth is the Water?, Around the House, The Human Body and Virtual Water.

Where on Earth is the water?

1. Of all the water on Earth, how much is fresh water?

a) 3%
b) 5%
c) 10%
d) 20%

Of that three per cent, two per cent is held in glaciers – leaving only 1 per cent available to support life.

2. On which continent would you find the Earth’s largest supply of water?

a) North America
b) Asia
c) Antarctica
d) Europe

90% of the world’s supply of fresh water is located in Antarctica.
Unfortunately it’s frozen!

3. How much of the world’s water supply can be used for drinking water?

a) 10%
b) 1%
c) 5%
d) 20%

Ninety-seven per cent is salt water. Two per cent is held in glaciers leaving one per cent available to support life.


Around the House

1. How much water per day does an average person in North America use?

a) 350 litres / 92 gallons
b) 450 litres / 119 gallons
c) 200  litres / 53 gallons
d) 250  litres / 66 gallons

2. Where is the most water used around the house?

a) The kitchen
b) The bathroom
c) The laundry room
d) The garden

3. How much water does one toilet use? 

a) 1-5 litres / .26-1.32 gallons
b) 5-10 litres / 1.32-2.64 gallons
c) 15-20 litres / 3.96-5.28 gallons
d) 10-15 litres / 2.64-3.96 gallons

The Human Body

1. How much of the human body is water?

a) 75%
b) 55%
c) 45%
d) 80%

2. How much water does the human brain contain?

a) 75%
b) 55%
c) 45%
d) 80%


3. How much water do human bones contain?

a) 75%
b) 25%
c) 45%
d) 80%

Virtual Water

1. How many litres/gallons of water does it take to produce one egg?

a) 37 litres / 10 gallons
b) 189 litres / 50 gallons
c) 378 litres / 100 gallons
d) 454 litres / 120 gallons

2. About how many litres/gallons of water is required to grow a day’s food for a family of four?

a) 30,000 litres / 7,925 gallons
b) 17,500 litres / 4,623 gallons
c) 25,700 litres / 6,800 gallons
d) 20,000 litres / 5,283 gallons

3. How many litres/gallons of water does it take to refine one barrel of crude oil?

a) 1,000 litres / 264 gallons
b) 7,000 litres / 1,850 gallons
c) 4,000 litres / 1,056 gallons
d) 2,000 litres / 528gallons

4. How many litres/gallons of water does it take to manufacture one car?

a) 10,500 litres / 2,774 gallons
b) 30,000 litres / 7,925 gallons
c) 25,700 litres / 6,800 gallons
d) 18,000 litres / 4,755 gallons