# QA – Placement Quizzes | Pipes and Cisterns | Question 3

Three pipes A, B and C were opened to fill a cistern. Working alone, A, B and C require 12, 15 and 20 minutes respectively.After 4 minutes of working together, A got blocked and after another 1 minute, B also got blocked. C continued to work till the end and the cistern got completely filled. What is the total time taken to fill the cistern ?
(A) 6 minutes
(B) 6 minutes 15 seconds
(C) 6 minutes 40 seconds
(D) 6 minutes 50 seconds

Explanation: Let the capacity of the cistern be LCM(12, 15, 20) = 60 units.
=> Efficiency of pipe A = 60 / 12 = 5 units / minute
=> Efficiency of pipe B = 60 / 15 = 4 units / minute
=> Efficiency of pipe C = 60 / 20 = 3 units / minute
=> Combined efficiency of pipe A, pipe B and pipe C = 12 units / minute
Now, the cistern is filled with the efficiency of 12 units / minute for 4 minutes.
=> Pool filled in 4 minutes = 48 units
=> Pool still empty = 60 – 48 = 12 units
Now, A stops working.
=> Combined efficiency of pipe B and pipe C = 7 units / minute
Now, the cistern is filled with the efficiency of 7 units / minute for 1 minute.
=> Pool filled in 1 minute = 7 units
=> Pool still empty = 12 – 7 = 5 units
Now, B also stops working.
These remaining 5 units are filled by C alone.
=> Time required to fill these 5 units = 5 / 3 = 1 minute 40 seconds

Therefore, total time required to fill the pool = 4 minutes + 1 minutes + 1 minute 40 seconds = 6 minutes 40 seconds

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