Philadelphians Are Fighting The Summer Heat By Turning Dumpsters Into Makeshift Pools

Everyone has got their own method for beating the heat. Residents of Philadelphia have found an awesome alternative to a sprinkler with the invention of the ‘Dumpster-Pool’. One of the guys behind the idea was Cedar Street native Justin Myers, who helped to oragnize a block part with a couple of his buddies for their annual Beer Olympics. In case you were wondering, Yes, the Beer Olympics did include a slip-and-slide.

According to Myers,

“The idea of converting a dumpster popped up because “it’s sturdy, it’s rentable and I can just give it back… I called about 10 dumpster companies “[One guy] called and leaves me a voicemail, it’s like ‘Justyn, such a cool idea man. I love it. Talked to my boss. Not going to happen.” (via Billy Penn)

The guys were able to transform the pool into a dumpster by lining it with plywood and tarps. The total process took a little under an hour and a half, and definitely looks worth it.

Of course some buzzkills had issues with the lack of permits, and the potential danger that comes with swimming in a waste receptacle. In fact, the Mayor’s Office had to release a statement stating that,

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.

How dare you fight the dope ass time with logic. Let the people live!

[h/t Billy Penn]