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MADRID, Spain -- Spain's successful start in the World Cup
has produced a brief but beneficial effect on Madrid's water
Glued to a television broadcast of the team's 4-0 victory over
Ukraine in its opening game on June 14, water consumption by the
capital's residents during the first half was below average at 20,000
liters a second.
After halftime, levels dropped to 19,000 liters a second, the
lowest figure of the day.
A further fall of 1,500 liters a second was recorded each time
Spain scored, the Isabel II Canal water company, which supplies the
However, it was not all good news for the water authorities.
The halftime whistle led to an instant rush to kitchens and
bathrooms which brought a surge to 23,500 liters a second.
Similar behavior was displayed five days later when Spain beat
Tunisia 3-1 in its second match to secure a place in the second round
of the tournament.
Madrid, like the rest of Spain, is grappling with low rainfall
this year. It has left many reservoirs, which are used to supply
drinking water, lower than normal.
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