Posted: Saturday, November 3rd 2007 at 11:27am
Don't flush that toilet!
By The Associated Press
ATHENS - The current drought has had such an impact on Georgia that fans at Saturday's University of Georgia homecoming game were asked not to flush the toilet.
Instead, an attendant was going to be doing it for them.
It's part of the university's ``Every Drop Counts'' water conservation effort.
Earlier this week, crews put up signs in bathrooms asking people not to flush ``if it's yellow'' and to leave the handle-pulling to attendants, who were being assigned the job for the estimated 93,000 people expected at the game.
Arthur Johnson, associate athletic director for internal operations, said UGA is considering replacing all of the stadium's old toilets, which use three-and-a-half gallons of water per flush, with new ones that use less than half that amount.
But two old-fashinoned trough urinals that have constant running water were to be open beneath the west end stands during the game against Troy University.
The drought has worsened with sweltering temperatures and a drier-than-normal hurricane season.
Now drought in almost one-third of the Southeast has been deemed ``exceptional'' -- the most severe drought category.
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