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Project Engineering Intern Interview Orlando, FL

How many different ways can you get water from a lake at

  the foot of a mountain, up to the top of the mountain?

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28 Answers


You don't really need to worry about it, because nature does it anyway. When water in the lake evaporates into the air, it forms cloud, then rains... yeah you know the story.

Jiang on Jan 10, 2012

Pumpit, carry it, by will of God.

Tony on Jan 10, 2012

The easiest way would be to just pump it, but the variable costs of that can add up quickly over the long-term. The cheapest way I can think of is to create some sort of a siphon that runs from the lake, over the top of the mountain, and back down to a different spot that's lower than the lake. If you set it up right, you could drain a small amount of water at the mountain top and the siphon would still work.

Sean on Jan 10, 2012

Jesus guys. You're interviewing for DISNEY! Use some imagination. My favorite so far is people power. Set up a huge rotating conveyor belt with small buckets on it, that dip into the lake. A person hops on at the top, and rides it down. This would be great if all the jobs were at the bottom, or if they needed t odo something else at the bottom. It would be fun too! Other ways might be to boil it yourself! dig under a section of lake and start a huge fire with a big condenser tube over it. Have the tube curly cue all the way to the top of the mountain, condense up there, then drip out as nice cool, distilled water.

Use your imagination. Be creative. None of you would have been hired for this job.

Lex on Jan 10, 2012

It's Disney... CGI effects! The water doesn't really get there, it just looks amazing to the public.

Anonymous on Jan 10, 2012

The three basic ways are as follows

1. Pull it up with suction, if the mountain isn't too high
2. Pump it up from the bottom
3. Carry it up

But the number of ways to implement these three basic methods is unlimited.

toadaly on Jan 10, 2012

Grab those buckets. Miss Disney is at it again....

Missy on Jan 10, 2012

Me: There are just too many ways to count, but If I were on the project, it would be the first one on my list that works.

Paul on Jan 10, 2012


Anonymous2 on Jan 10, 2012

The future Project Engineering Intern delegates project to Mickey, Minnie and Donald, who team up with IT and the Web departments to source their top talent. The end result: the SME's create an amazing interactive solution engaging the end user to figure out different options. Kudos for the special effects guys, says the Project Engineering Intern, who decided to work smarter not harder. He spent his time gaining valuable experience at Disney. The interviewer is now a Disney alumni as a result of asking vague interview questions. If you really think about it, the possibilities are endless.

Paneksipni on Jan 10, 2012

Start a fire, the forest service will do it for you.

just a guy on Jan 10, 2012

Id say off the top of my head around 9 million, but my favorite method would be to freeze it, take a third of the water on a one way jet to Agrabad and on the way, over the summit, drop off the load and that pesky tucan Gilbert Godfrey. Another third goes right into the cannon. The final third is cut in two, the first half is made into sno-cones and distributed to children going to the top of the mountain to see the Lion King exhibit on the ski lift, the remaining ice is placed in 8 oz. blue mason jars and hand carried by the seven dwarves second cousins (on the maternal side).

salcrolly on Jan 10, 2012

I would borrow the sorcerer's hat, find all the brooms he left laying around and reanimate them to carry buckets of water up the mountain. It would be magical!

Veronica on Jan 10, 2012

Tell all the Disney cast members that there is a kegger at the top of the mountain, but the cover charge is a bucket of water from the lake.

Ash on Jan 10, 2012


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Abhijit on Jan 11, 2012

Water can be in three forms, liquid, gas (vapor) or solid (ice). Any number of ways for each form as can be devised, but basic answer is 3 ways, in liquid form, in vapor form or in solid form.

altaholic on Jan 11, 2012

The question was "how many different ways", not how. The answer is 1.

vcollogan on Jan 14, 2012

You could get a mouthful of water and then hike up the mountain and spit it out.

You could drink as much water as you could and then hike up the mountain. You'd be sweating a lot by the time you got there and you'd probably need to pee by then.

I like altaholic's idea. You could always set up a fan that blows air into a tube which contains water from the lake and then blows the moist air to the top of the mountain. Combine that with Lex's idea of condensing it at the top of the mountain.

I liked Lex's other idea of the conveyor belt. You could throw rocks down the conveyor belt and use the power generated to pull the water to the top. Over time the mountain would get shorter and you wouldn't have to move either rocks or water as far.

Pat on Jan 24, 2012

thru motor pump or thru carryng with bucket

amit singh on May 8, 2012

there are two ways to do that..
one is pumping it.
the other is carrying with the bucket..

DIVYA Y R on Jun 14, 2012

The water is coming from the top of the mountain, therefore the water source that feeds the mountain top water will replenish itself.

Madge on Nov 7, 2012


zeba on Jan 8, 2013

This may take a bit of time but, construct pools and rain catches at the top of the mountain. With adjustable dam like controls throughout the length of the downward grades. Using progressively small return piping to send the water back up the mountain and smaller pumps also allow for two pools (to be had at both top and bottom) to look like a self sustaining hourglass. Also the pumps and dam controls could be hydroelectric sooo that's a load off your power bill.

Ted M. Draven on Jun 27, 2014


Anonymous on Sep 25, 2014

1) Pump It
2) Use an Elevator Rally system by allowing gravity to control the buckets of water as the travel to the top, empty, then fall back down.
3) Carry it

Anonymous on Dec 14, 2014


Anonymous on Jan 15, 2016


Anonymous on Jan 15, 2016

water evaporates, turns clouds and rain in the mountain

Anonymous on Feb 20, 2016

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