They say you cannot fight fire with fire… you can fight drinking water with drinking water. However, three U.S. cities are doing just that, opening up public firefighting stations in response to a major threat.
According to the Center for Disease Control, severe heatwaves cost the United States about $30 billion each year. But, it is being documented that since 2000, there have been more than 700 reported heatrelated deaths each year in the U.S.
The three cities where this trend is most apparent have selected to both offer water drinking services to citizens as well as opening cooling centers for those needing to spend the day at the office.
The city of Redding in Northern California is opening up a new cooling center this Saturday, October 13th. The temporary cooling center will offer residents in the area bottled water and ice.
Several other cities across the U.S. have already seen the benefits of a successful downtown wet and dry climate.
According to the Redding Fire Department, daily water consumption levels are between 68,000 and 70,000 gallons.
In Fort Worth, Texas, a city officials have done similar research into developing a cooling center in the CBD (commercial district) area. The city has opened up a similar post as well as offering bottled water to customers in the nearby hotels and restaurants.
While initially focusing on water issues, the city of Reno, Nevada is now preparing to open a cooling center for the day in what they are calling the Las Vegas Veterans Day memorial. There, the public can fill up their water bottles, bring lawn chairs, cool off, do some shopping and then wander across the street to a winery.
According to the City of Reno, cold water from the icy terminal will be available to patrons through 4 p.m.