World Cup City's Suggestion to Locals: Take Showers Together

Due to heat and 'thousands of guests' in Russian city of Samara, there's a strain on water supply
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 5, 2018 9:05 AM CDT
A girl cools off in a public fountain during the 2018 World Cup in Krasnodar, Russia, on Wednesday.   (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
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(Newser) – Residents of the World Cup host city of Samara are being urged to take showers in pairs because the influx of fans is putting a strain on water supplies, the AP reports. The Samara Communal Systems utility company says the combination of a heat wave and "thousands of guests" have meant it's providing 10% more cold water than normal, causing water pressure to drop in some neighborhoods. The company advises locals to "save water—take showers in pairs," adding a smiley face to its message, which came via a press release, per the Moscow Times. Samara is due to host England's quarterfinal game against Sweden on Saturday. (Read more World Cup stories.)

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