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'Thunder pots': The dirty part of Thunder Over Louisville's success

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- It's a dirty job, but someone's gotta do it: the job being taking charge of the "Thunder Pots."

Thunder Over Louisville is the all day and night show that officially brings Derby season into full view with a blast.

A blowout event like Thunder Over Louisville takes some work.

Whether that's preparing the fireworks show on the 2nd Street Bridge, getting the Chow Wagon up and running...or figuring out how many "Thunder Pots" are needed and where to put them.

If anyone understands that, it's the queen of the portable throne, Nicole Breitenbach. She's with Rumpke Waste and Recycling. "We provide over 700 portable toilets for the Thunder Over Louisville event," Breitenbach said.

Each toilet gets delivered with a cluster of others on a truck, weighs about 200 pounds and needs some toilet paper. "It ends up being about 3.5 million sheets of toilet paper," Breitenbach explained.

Rumpke has it all down to a science. They know which set of portable toilets are occupied more frequently than others and which ones spend the evening with fewer "spectators."

It's a non-negotiable when you have hundreds of thousands of people who need to take care of business and, sometimes, have been waiting a while to do it.

The worst of the process (for the workers anyway) may come at the end: the clean up.

It's a necessary evil that these guys take on without raising a stink as another Thunder goes down the drain.

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