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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Check Out the City of Cleveland's Nifty Makeshift Water Fountains This Week

Posted By on Wed, Jul 20, 2016 at 1:39 PM

It is sweltering outside, to put it mildly. Temps are in the 90s and climbing higher into the weekend. There's little to no cloud cover and thousands of protestors, casual observers, delegates and media are spending their long, long days putzing around downtown Cleveland. Shade, what little exists, is in high demand and everyone is doing their level best to stay hydrated.

The city itself is helping out with a couple of fire hydrants turned water fountains. 

The explanation, via Wired:

Cleveland Water Commissioner Alex Margevicius says the department turned the hydrants into water-fountains in just a few days, installing two on Sunday and two on Monday. There’s another setup at the ready, should EMS request it. According to Margevicius, the department had the idea for the hydrant rigs following the success of its “water buggy“—a mobile water station with eight spigots—during the Cavaliers’ Championship Parade in June. The city rented three additional buggies for the RNC, but the repurposed hydrants win extra points for ingenuity.

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