Posted by: VPSN | March 5, 2010

Going for the gold?

For those with an interest in municipal infrastructure and how it gets used, it appears that we have, collectively, been caught with our pants down.  One of our sources at Metro Vancouver ‘leaked’ us this revealing image.

It’s a graph produced by Metro’s Water Treatment and Systems Control Division, and it details water usage patterns on the closing day of the Olympics, last Sunday (February 28).

Usually, when we think of sports and infrastructure, we think of stadiums.   This graph, however, does a nice job of illustrating the relationship between a couple of key events (the Gold medal hockey game and the closing ceremonies) and another type of infrastructure — the municipal water system.

On the left, a first series of spikes demarcates the golden truth of the matter.  If the game itself had some moments of urgency and tension, these peaks in water usage during the intermissions show that at least part of this tension was mitigated by a bit of inter-period relief.  The end of each period saw sharp increases in water usage as people raced to the bathroom and flushed… with water usage at its highest level about 5 minutes after Sydney Crosby’s game winning overtime goal.

Then, later in the day (seen on the right side of the graph), another series of spikes in water usage appears as people flushed away during the advertising breaks in the Closing Ceremonies.

File this one under citizens initiatives. Call it ‘going for the bowl.’

Thus ends the punnery.


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