Discouraged From Swimming in Dumpsters, Philly Embraces Pickup Truck 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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