While football fans sit on the edge of their seats during the Super Bowl Sunday, water departments across the nation await what might come from a different kind of bowl during halftime — or so the folk tale goes.
The mass bathroom break taken by millions of game watchers dubbed the “halftime flush” is said to increase stress on city piping systems.
Neither of the three largest water districts that serve Riverside County issued warnings about plumbing use during halftime.
“Super Bowl is a busy time for our sewer. Flows to our water reclamation plants are muscling their way through sewer lines but our team is prepared for this play. As long as folks intercept those wipes before flushing, halftime will go smoothly,” said the Eastern Municipal Water District in a tweet during halftime.
The EMWD serves Moreno Valley, Hemet, San Jacinto, Menifee, Perris, Murrieta, and Temecula.
The Inland Empire Utilities Agency, which serves cities in neighboring San Bernardino County, said that Super Bowl Sunday is the highest flow day of the year for their treatment plants.
Water district officials could not be reached Sunday as the game was in progress to ask if any special measures were put in place in anticipation of the toilet torrent.