The city of Philadelphia is cracking down on “Dumpster pools” after a pair of residents devised the idea as way to escape the summer heat.
One Dumpster pool organizer told CBS Philadelphia that the adults-only block party was initially well received by the community.
“It was lined with pool noodles and double tarped. It was a 21 and older thing, so we didn’t have to worry about any kids wandering in,” he said. “The public loves it. I’ve seen so much good feedback and support.”
The organizers successfully obtained a permit to acquire the Dumpster, but the Department of Licenses and Inspections later learned that an illegally opened fire hydrant was used to fill the pool.
A department official warned that the use of the hydrant could leave less water for emergencies such as fires, while the extreme water pressure could cause serious harm to the water main as well as the people around.
According to Philadelphia Magazine, the department encouraged residents to pursue “safer” and “more sanitary” forms of summer recreation and stated they would no longer issue block party permits in the area.
“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,” they wrote in an e-mail.
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