Philadelphia tells residents not to swim in dumpster pools

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PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia is urging its residents not to swim in dumpsters, after a rented trash bin was filled with fire hydrant water and transformed into a pool during a weekend block party.

News site Billy Penn first reported the shenanigans at the Cedar Street Block Party. The party’s co-organizers told the site they power-washed the dumpster, lined the bottom with plywood and tarps and cushioned the corners with pool noodles.

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However, filling it with hydrant water caused the biggest issue with the city.

The Department of Licenses and Inspections issued a statement saying the city won’t issue permits for block party dumpster pools.

Spokeswoman Karen Guss adds “you would think this decision would not require an explanation.”

Among the reasons: It takes water that should be available in the event of a fire.

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