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The war over dumpster pools

Philly residents are always looking for creative ways to cool down. Now a Cedar Street Block Party has led the City to push back against the innovative practice of turning dumpsters into summer cool-down spots.

Karen Guss, communications director for the Department of Licenses and Inspections, told [NPR] that it was "just another day for us":

"In view of the City's commitment to public health, safety and basic common sense, we will not issue permits for block party dumpster pools. And while you would think this decision would not require an explanation, three days of press requests have proven otherwise. So, Philly, here's why you shouldn't swim in a receptacle most often used for waste:
— First and foremost, this could reduce the amount of water available should a fire break out in that neighborhood. So if you would like to have water available should a fire break out in your home, don't illegally tap a hydrant.
—  There is also the potential loss of life by injury due to the hydrant water pushing a small child or even an adult into oncoming traffic.
— Finally, remember that the pressure of the water coming out of the hydrant is so strong, and so powerful, that if opened too quickly or closed too quickly, it could deliver a jolt to the main of sufficient force that could break the main ... and many blocks could lose water service until it is repaired.
— We are not screwing around, Philly. The Streets Department will not issue any future block party permits to the 2400 block of Cedar, and officials have contacted the dumpster rental company regarding its failures to obtain the proper closure permits and to take mandatory measures to protect the street during placement of the dumpster."

Bummer, dude. 

Original source: NPR
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