Discouraged From Swimming in Dumpsters, Philly Embraces Pickup Truck Pools

When L&I told Philly they weren't "screwing around" with dumpster pools, residents switched to turning their pickup trucks into pools.

Last month, Philly got resourceful.

When temperatures skyrocketed, residents on Cedar Street lined a dumpster with tarps and filled it with fire hydrant water to create their own little oasis. Then they held a block party.

So when L&I said no to dumpster pools filled with fire hydrant water, Philly took it up a notch. The result: pickup truck pools.

Because yes, even though Philly offers more public pools per capita than any other U.S. city, sometimes people just want to cool off a little closer to home.

Pickup truck pools are debatably a step up from dumpster pools, as they probably waste less water and take up less space. But hopefully the bathers chose to get their H20 from elsewhere this time. L&I’s biggest problem with these pools seems to be the hydrant-tapping – about 60,000 galloons come out of a hydrant every hour, and Philly already has a problem with illegally opened hydrants.

Because residents are still publicizing their homemade swimming pools, we’ll see if L&I jumps on this attempt with another warning statement. Seems like a challenge.

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