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ATHENS, Georgia -- Fans who have had their fill of beer at
the University of Georgia's homecoming football game on the weekend
be warned -- no flushing allowed.
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 will do the job for the estimated 93,000 people at
It's part of the university's "Every Drop Counts" water
conservation effort in the drought that's struck Georgia and much of
The university is considering replacing all of the stadium's old
toilets, which use 3.5 gallons of water per flush, with new ones that
use less than half that amount -- 1.6 gallons (6 liters) -- per
flush, said Arthur Johnson, associate athletic director for internal
But two old-fashioned trough urinals that have constant running
water will be open beneath the west end stands during the game
against Troy University.
"We've got a lot of fans in that area that would need to use the
restroom and it would be impractical to ask them to go to another
part of the stadium," he said.
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
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