Graphic: What Dodger Stadium ice rink's 20,000 gallons of water equals

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Saturday, the L.A. Kings face off against the Anaheim Ducks in an outdoor rink that's been set up in Dodger Stadium. About 20,000 gallons of water were needed to make the temporary rink.

That might seem like a strange use of water in the midst of a drought, which prompted us to ask: Just how much is 20,000 gallons really?

With that much water, you could:

  • Serve 320,000 8-ounce glasses of water
  • Give more than 45 ounces of water to every person in a filled-to-capacity Dodger Stadium (56,000 people). That’s 2.86 16-oz bottles of water apiece.
  • Fill 3 percent of an Olympic sized swimming pool
  • Flush a typical toilet (@3 gallons/flush) 6,666 times (that ups to 20,000 flushes if they’re all high efficiency toilets).
  • Take 800 10-minute showers (@2.5 gallons/minute), 1600 five-minute showers, or one shower that lasts for five-and-a-half-days straight.
  • Fill 500 bathtubs (@40 gallons)
  • Provide water for one house for two months. (The average American household uses 320 gallons of water per day)
  • Make 16,680 10-lb bags of ice. (1 gallon of water weighs 8.34 pounds)
  • Wash 500 standard-size loads of laundry
  • Run 1,333 standard dishwasher loads
  • Provide the water needs for one mature Giant Sequoia (more than 80 meters tall and more than 1,200 years old) for at least 28 days. (This is according to information from Todd Dawson, a researcher at UC Berkeley)
  • Drop 0.0002 inches of rain onto Downtown Los Angeles. (Using a government calculator  and an estimate of 5.8 square miles for Downtown Los Angeles)

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An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated the number of months an average house would use the water. KPCC regrets the error.

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