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More drinking fountains added to Vancouver as City deals with heat wave

(City of Vancouver Photo)

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – The City of Vancouver is adding temporary water fountains to encourage people enjoying the heat wave to stay hydrated. It’s part of the city’s hot weather response.

Temporary water fountains have been installed at the following locations:

  • Commercial & Venables
  • Powell St & Jackson Avenue
  • Richards St & Dunsmuir St
  • Robson St & Bidwell St
  • E Hastings St & Heatley Avenue
  • Granville St & W 70th Ave
  • Commercial Drive & E Broadway
  • Granville Street and 10th Avenue
  • Powell & Gore

 

There are a number of other locations for drinking fountains as well and they can all be found on a map from the City.

Relief is in the forecast, but in the meantime the city is asking everyone to take care of themselves and their neighbours who may be impacted by the heat. The City is asking everyone out and about to watch out for people who might be in distress.

“If you see someone suffering from too much heat, call 9-1-1 and if you can, help the person cool off with water to the face and neck until emergency services arrive,” the City says in an email.

If you are spending time in the sun, it’s recommended you avoid strenuous activity, stay hydrated, dress appropriately with sunglasses and hats, wear sunscreen, and take a few breaks to cool off in a pool or a place with air conditioning.

There are also community centres on the Downtown Eastside that have air conditioning and water for the homeless and vulnerable.