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Green Bay officials dispel Packer flushing myth

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Tales of water use surging dramatically in Green Bay as hundreds of thousands of fans rush to the bathroom during halftime of Packer games are bogus, city officials say.

Press-Gazette Media reports that the Green Bay Water Utility checked water consumption during the Oct. 2 home game against the Minnesota Vikings and Nov. 8 home game against the Chicago Bears. Both games took place during the evening. Utility officials said water use was unremarkable.

“I would consider water usage on these days to be typical for a Sunday evening,” said Russ Hardwick, the utility’s water quality manager. “We did not notice any increase in water usage.”

Brian Vander Loop is the field service manager for the Green Bay Metropolitan Sewerage District, which serves an estimated 225,000 people in a 285-square-mile area.

Vander Loop outlined a scenario in which every one of those people is a Packer fan and every one of them, even babies in diapers, is watching the game along with another 25,000 people in Green Bay for the game. If they all rushed to the bathroom during a single 15-minute period such as halftime, about 450,000 gallons of water would be flushed through the system almost simultaneously. Even if it happened that way, it still wouldn’t register on the system, he said.

Even the nearly 80,000 fans at Lambeau Field on game days have little impact on the system, he said, since they all can’t possibly use the bathrooms at the same time. A septic tank built beneath the stadium about a decade ago allows sewage to be discharged into the metro system at a steady, controlled rate over the days following a home game.

Water use on an average weekday morning, when thousands of school kids and workers are getting ready for their day, is far higher than at any single moment during a Packers home game, Vander Loop said.

Information from: Press-Gazette Media, http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com

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