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A Swift Super Bowl comeback (wink)

Sneaky, wasteful, costly — don't let a Running Toilet ruin your Love Story.
Sneaky, wasteful, costly — don't let a Running Toilet ruin your Love Story. Image credits: Taylor Swift by Paolo V, licensed under CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons; Travis Kelce by All-Pro Reels, licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0; Running Toilet by Denver Water.

Whether you’re celebrity spotting or rooting for a team on the field, Sunday’s Big Matchup is a great opportunity to check out your own ‘super bowl.’ 

Yep. We’re talking about your home’s toilets, the super-amazing workhorse of the bathroom.  

While flush toilets have been around for centuries, the National Football League trademarked the phrase "Super Bowl" back in 1969, so we shall now proceed using all the other terms for Super Sunday that we found on the interwebs.

Toilets are a home’s biggest water-using device, accounting for nearly 30% of an average home’s indoor water consumption, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

You might say they’re The Big Game for those hunting indoor water leaks.

Check out the many ways to save water at

Denver Water is urging customers to make a winning play by checking their toilet bowls for leaks. Do it before this weekend’s large-scale sporting event, which also can be referred to as the post-concert party in which Taylor Swift’s boyfriend, Travis Kelce, does his thing with his crew from Kansas City against professional rivals who work in the vicinity of San Francisco.

Leaking toilets can waste 100–250 gallons of water a day, which means wasted water and a bigger water bill. That’s not great when you’re more focused on a Championship Party.

An easy way to check for toilet leaks is to squirt food coloring into the water tank. Try using a red dye, for literally no reason at all related to the colors of any professional football team who may be in Las Vegas this week, or any seven-times-platinum album from a certain singer.

Don’t flush for 30 minutes (about the length of the extra-long halftime show during the ... aw heck, just wait 30 minutes) and then check the water in the bowl. If it’s the same or similar color as the dye, there’s a leak.

Running Toilets, I knew you were trouble when you walked in. (Better check them all.) Photo credit: Denver Water. 

Don’t worry if the water has changed color, that doesn’t necessarily mean you’ve lost The Game of Games.

You often can fix leaks with a new flapper or float-arm adjustment.

And Denver Water offers a rebate program that pays homeowners to replace old, water-wasting toilets with high-efficiency, WaterSense-labeled toilets that use an average of 1.1 gallons per flush or less.

These high-efficiency (dare we say … MVP?) toilets are eligible for a rebate of up to $100 and can reduce indoor household water consumption.

That’s money that could go to helping any locals interested in scoring a suite for the gridiron battle.

Denver Water’s rebate program has strict eligibility requirements. Visit for details that can help you plan your purchase.