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Birmingham Water Works kicks off 4th annual ‘Hydrate The City’

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Special to The Times

The Birmingham Water Works Board (BWWB) will host Hydrate the City events across its service area throughout June and July.

The fourth annual Hydrate the City program, which kicked off June 5 at Railroad Park in downtown Birmingham, serves to raise awareness about the importance of staying hydrated as temperatures rise throughout the summer. This year, BWWB will expand the footprint of Hydrate the City to include more communities outside of Birmingham, such as Gardendale, Warrior, and Hoover.

BWWB representatives will serve samples of fruit-infused water while sharing recipe cards and literature with the community.

“Summer is the season for fun and sun, but high temperatures also pose health risks,” said BWWB spokesman and creator of Hydrate The City, Rick Jackson. “These events serve as a reminder to everyone in the community that staying hydrated is the practice for preventing heat related illnesses.”        According to the National Safety Council, 244 people died from exposure to extreme heat in 2014. Heat stroke, heat exhaustion, and heat cramps pose a risk to infants, young children, the elderly, and pets; people who work outside are especially vulnerable to these heat-related illnesses.

BWWB encourages Birmingham-area residents to follow its Facebook and Twitter accounts for facts about staying hydrated during these hot summer months.

Hydrate the City Schedule:

All events are scheduled for 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. unless otherwise specified.

  • June 5 at Railroad Park in Birmingham
  • June 8 at McAlpine Park in Birmingham
  • June 13 at Linn Park
  • June 15 at Celebration Park in Gardendale
  • July 11 at Veterans Park in Birmingham
  • July 13 at Moody Park in in Moody
  • July 17 at Hoover Rec Center in Hoover