Dramatic fluctuations seen in water use during Japan’s World Cup game
Tap water consumption in Tokyo’s 23 wards fluctuated dramatically when Japan’s World Cup match against Colombia was held in Russia on Tuesday night.
A sharp increase was seen during halftime and again after the match, an indication of the close attention paid to Japan’s opening game in the tournament’s group stage.
According to data on tap water use released by the Tokyo metropolitan government, the amount sharply decreased immediately after the start of the match. But it increased by 24 percent in the seven minutes from 9:47 p.m., when the first half ended, greatly exceeding the average consumption for that time of day. This was the peak of consumption during the match.
As a similar phenomenon takes place during other international sporting events, including the Olympics, the Tokyo metropolitan government’s waterworks bureau said it takes such measures as adjusting water pressure to avoid a situation in which water does not flow smoothly from taps due to the fluctuations.
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