Time Work

A tank is fitted with pipes, some filling it and the rest draining it. All filling pipes fill at the same rate, and all draining pipes drain at the same rate. The empty tank gets completely filled in 6 hours when 6 filling and 5 draining pipes are on, but this time becomes 60 hours when 5 filling and 6 draining pipes are on. In how many hours will the empty tank get completely filled when one draining and two filling pipes are on?

Answer

Let the rate of each filling pipe be x litres/hr and the rate of each draining pipe be y litres/hr.

Now, 

Capacity of tank = (6x - 5y) × 6  = (5x - 6y) × 60

 

6x - 5y = 50x - 60y

44x = 55y

4x = 5y

x = 1.25y

Therefore, the capacity of the tank = (6x - 5y) × 6 = (7.5y - 5y) × 6 = 15y litres

Effective rate of 2 filling pipes and 1 draining pipe = (2x - y) = (2.5y - y) = 1.5y

Hence, the required time = 15y/1.5y = 10 hours