The city has opened 300 fire hydrants around New York City to help people keep cool amid high temperatures as many swimming pools remain closed. (July 28)
VINCENT SAPIENZA: So, it's certainly been a hot summer here in the Northeast, and New Yorkers are looking for any way they can to cool off. But due to the pandemic, a lot of the usual places that keep cool aren't available. So, last month, Mayor de Blasio announced the city's "Cool Streets" initiative. And one of the things that are included in that is about 300 hydrants all around the city, but particularly in heat-stressed communities, heat-burdened communities like here in East Harlem. The hydrants with spray caps allow folks to just come out and be cool.
So, in years past, folks will just open up the hydrants without the spray cap. And an open hydrant without a cap discharges about 1,000 gallons a minute of water. So other than just wasting water, it's dangerous. It lowers pressure for firefighting. It can impact equipment at local hospitals. And just the force of the water has injured children in the past.
But with the spray cap it's only 25 gallons per minute. It certainly is enough water to keep cool, but it's safe.
RAY GOMEZ: You know, because too very hot. Too very hot. That's why I'm coming to the pump, because it's too hot today.
- There it comes-- comes my husband. So, he--
- I need it.