Super Bowl Water Usage Won't Tackle BOPU's System

By Murphy, Matt | Wyoming Tribune-Eagle (Cheyenne, WY), February 8, 2016 | Go to article overview

Super Bowl Water Usage Won't Tackle BOPU's System


Murphy, Matt, Wyoming Tribune-Eagle (Cheyenne, WY)


This story was written for 2-7-16 Super Bowl water usage won't tackle BOPU's system At a glance With thousands of people all doing the same thing today, there could be spikes in water and sewer usage, but whether there is or not, Cheyenne's Board of Public Utilities has us covered.

Wyoming Tribune Eagle CHEYENNE - Today, thousands of Broncos fans on our end of the Front Range are prepping for tonight's Super Bowl game.

Wings need to be fried, dips need to be made, and desserts need to be baked.

But all that takes water, and Cheyenne's Board of Public Utilities is ready for any extra water - and sewer - usage expected today.

It's a myth that mass bathroom usage at Super Bowl halftime causes sewer systems around the country to fail, but some cities have seen an uptick in water and sewer usage tied to football.

Down the road in the Mile High City, Denver utility officials there have seen changes tied to Broncos games.

For example, during the AFC championship game last month between the Broncos and Patriots, Denver Water officials reported a water usage increase of 26 million gallons during halftime.

And during the Broncos' last appearance in the Super Bowl in 2014, Denver Water saw spikes before the game, at halftime and after the Seahawks ran the second-half kickoff back for a touchdown, the Denver Post reported.

Other utilities have had similar experiences during events with large audiences, such as Edmonton, Alberta.

There, water consumption was strongly correlated with intermissions in the 2010 Olympic hockey game between Canada and the United States, multiple media outlets reported. …

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