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Vancouver highlights location of new water fountains, ways to keep cool in summer

Testing out the new portable water fountains. Photo: City of Vancouver

With summer in full swing, the City of Vancouver is putting in additional water fountains and rolling out an education campaign on ways to beat the heat and help seniors and vulnerable citizens.

The City’s web-based information campaign is at vancouver.ca/hotweather and gives people tips on how to be safe in the heat and what to do to help others.

The campaign includes a map with locations for Vancouver’s 24 community centres, 22 library branches, parks, washrooms and water fountains.

The City’s community centres and library branches provide free and convenient spots to get out of the sun. Many City parks have washrooms and/or drinking fountains.

Five new portable water fountains can be found at:

Northeast corner of 70th and Granville
Vanier Park
Northeast corner of Commercial and Broadway
Northeast corner of Burrard and Davie
Southwest corner of Napier and Commercial

During periods of warm and hot weather, people are reminded of basic tips to help keep cool:

Try to keep out of the heat and cool off
Wear a hat and loose fitting clothing
Drink plenty of water before feeling thirsty
Take cool showers or baths

The web information and new water services were put in place as part of Vancouver’s multi-phase Extreme Hot Weather Preparedness and Response Plan adopted by Council earlier in July.

The City is working closely with Vancouver Coastal Health to provide information on how to stay safe in hot weather.

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