One of my most cherished childhood memories is standing along the river banks with my grandpa, eagerly waiting to hook “the big one.” Baked by the hot sun bouncing off the water, we spent many of those days sitting in the shade, telling jokes and rehydrating.
My thermos was filled with water, grandpas with milk. Yes, milk.
One thing we should all agree on, however, is that fluids are a must when the temperature rises.
Last week, Time magazine highlighted the importance of hydration in an article, “Why Hillary Clinton (And You) Should Be Drinking Water Regularly,” citing that Clinton doesn’t regularly drink water.
Turns out most Americans don’t either. Many of us become dehydrated “by not drinking enough fluid — usually water — to replace what you lose.” And while that may seem obvious, the story cites a 2013 study that found 75 percent of Americans may be dehydrated and highlights the factors that play into dehydration, such as climate and physical exercise — especially in the heat.
So you can imagine why Denver Health and other emergency responders were concerned about the conditions for the NFL Kickoff event at Civic Center Park on Sept. 8. With temperatures projected to be in the 90s and thousands of fans packing into the park for the highly anticipated live performances by Dierks Bentley and OneRepublic, the City of Denver called on Denver Water for assistance.
It’s a good thing they did. We needed every drop from our 200-gallon water trailer, as well as countless refills of 5-gallon water jugs scattered around the park, where we served more than 6,000 cups of cold water and filled hundreds of water bottles for hot and thirsty attendees.
But this isn’t the first, or last time Denver Water was on hand with refreshing H2O to help our community celebrate safely. With about 15 events each year — and more than 20 this summer — Denver Water has been bringing its 19-foot water trailer to events since its debut at the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver.
The trailer is a great way to keep Denver hydrated while throwing in a little education about our most precious resource, explained Tyler St. John, Denver Water’s summer marketing coordinator, in his story, “Life in the water trailer.”
“The best part is, we’re able to do it in a meaningful way, by helping to ensure festival-goers are safe from the exhaustion of spending the day in the heat,” said St. John.
As the dog days of summer transition to the chill of early fall, the water trailer is down to its last few events. But we’ll be back at it next summer, among the tents and booths at the many Denver-area festivals.
Even if you take a page out of my grandpa’s book and bring your own milk for refreshment, stop on by the trailer — we’ll toast to hydration with you.