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November 9, 2011 WATERSHAPES.COM

Many water-related stories have been in the news in the past several weeks, including reports connected to the four questions below.

1. During the recent 2011 Healthy Pools campaign sponsored by the Water Quality and Health Council, 1,500 U.S. pools were tested for proper pH and chlorine levels. What percentage failed to have the optimum levels to protect against waterborne germs and to create the most comfort for swimmers?

a. 25% b. 35% c. 50% d. 65%

2. A major Internet company has announced plans to build a swimming pool and gym at its European headquarters, as additional perks for its employees. Which company is it and where are the headquarters located?

a. Google, in Dublin c. Facebook, in London
b. Yahoo, in Paris d. Myspace, in Amsterdam

3. In its Oct. 26 online edition, Time magazine reported on the devastating flood in Thailand. According to the article, how many children (up to age 17) are estimated to lose their lives every year in the floods that ravage Southeast Asian countries — most of them because they never learned how to swim?

a. 78,000 b. 123,000 c. 192,000 d. 240,000

4. Several male residents of one small town recently bared all for a fundraising nude calendar — sales of which will pay for needed repairs to the community’s swimming pool. In what city did the men don their birthday suits for a swimming good cause?

a. Benson (Arizona), USA c. Tuatapere, New Zealand
b. Bonnie Rock, Australia d. Al Jawf, Saudi Arabia

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