During the halftime show of Sunday’s Super Bowl, millions of Americans will rush to flush, but Iowans’ wells likely won’t run dry. It’s reported more than 350-million gallons of water will flush through America’s toilets during halftime as some 90-million people use the facilities. That’s equal to seven minutes of water flowing over Niagara Falls.
Iowa’s largest water company is well-prepared for the flurry of flushes. Des Moines Water Works assistant general manager Randy Beavers says it’ll only be a drop in the bucket. Beavers says the halftime water usage is projected to be about one-percent of the volume of water produced on a typical winter day. That’s only about an eight-inch drop in all metro area water tanks — and it won’t be a problem. “Not in the least,” Beavers says, “That’s a volume the tanks are very well designed for and capable of taking up several feet of water very easily.”
Beavers says the water system -can- be taxed in some situations, but this won’t be one of them. He says big fires can sometimes cause a deep dip in the water supplies but that’s a localized event. Beavers says elevated storage tanks were designed to provide an emergency volume of water, which won’t see much of a dent during the big game. For more trivia on the subject of Super Bowl toilet use, surf to “www.halftimeflush.com”.