Fri, Feb 02, 2007 - Page 23 News List

Super Bowl fans told to time toilet trips

AFP , MIAMI

Miami civic officials are asking residents to time their trips to the bathroom during the Super Bowl because extra flushing at halftime can put added stress on the sewers.

The city said that to be on the safe side, people should stagger their trips to the loo because the so-called "Halftime Flush" could lead to clogs, worsen already leaky toilets and lower water pressure.

"It might make things a little easier on us if people go before halftime or shortly after," Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department spokesman Frank Calderon said in a news release on Tuesday.

It is estimated that at halftime of the Super Bowl, across the US 90 million people will flush about 1.3 billion liters of water down the toilet at the same time. That is equivalent to the amount of water that flows over Niagara Falls every 39 minutes.

Calderon isn't anticipating any big problems and said the city has boosted its clean water reserves.

But he did ask people to make sure they check their lavatories for leaks.

"Our sewer system is designed to handle more than the average capacity," he said. "People can go about their business as usual."

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