Fans of the World Cup in Tokyo who were watching the game between Japan and Colombia on Tuesday, nearly caused a plumbing catastrophe when they all went to use the bathroom during halftime.
According to a report from the city's waterworks bureau, after fans flocked to their bathrooms, water use saw a 24% increase. After the game has concluded and Japan beat Colombia in a 2-1 score, fans rushed to the bathroom again and water use rose up by 50%.
“We presume it’s because a lot of people holding off on a trip to the bathroom all went at once,” an anonymous official stated.“Water use can fluctuate, especially during football matches [...]” she added.
However, the influx was anticipated and the city adjusted its supply and pressure accordingly to avoid catastrophe.
With Japan set to face Senegal on Sunday and Poland on Thursday, the bureau is predicting similar scenarios.