The Milwaukee Police Department, Milwaukee Fire Department and city Department of Public Works have valuable information to share as the temperatures reach record levels this week.
We know people are looking for ways to keep cool, but we want them to do it legally and safely. Milwaukee Public Schools playground wading pools opened this week and MPD, together with MFD, are reminding people not to open fire hydrants.
It is dangerous and against the law to open fire hydrants without permission. Illegally opened hydrants cause water pressure to drop, making it difficult to put out a fire. When untrained persons with the wrong tools open hydrants, the hydrants do not function properly and must be repaired. Only the Fire Department, the Milwaukee Water Works, and specially permitted projects are allowed to open hydrants. The drinking water utility owns and maintains the hydrants. Illegally opened hydrants waste millions of gallons of treated water.
Following are some tips to share as the weather heats up:
Report tampering and illegal hydrant opening by calling the Milwaukee Water Works’ 24-hour Control Center, (414) 286-3710.
Additionally, opening the hydrant costs all of us:
There are alternatives for staying cool:
Cool Spots provide a place for kids ages 6 to 17 to cool off in a water spray on the hottest summer days. Sprinklers are connected to hydrants at several Milwaukee Public Schools playgrounds. Cool Spots are open for five hours on days when the temperature is predicted to be 85 degrees or hotter or when the City of Milwaukee issues a heat advisory. During a heat advisory, Cool Spots will be open Monday – Friday, 1 p.m. – 6 p.m. All playgrounds will be closed Wed., July 4 for Independence Day.
Wading pools are open June 18 – Aug. 10 for children ages 8 and younger.