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Hydration Stations

Meeting Time

Mondays, 6:20 PM – 7:10 PM

Project Description

Heat-related illness in Phoenix causes about 1500 hospitalizations and 180 deaths annually. Homeless individuals are particularly vulnerable to heat-related illnesses. Availability of heat relief is currently very limited. Hydration stations are not always open, and they only distribute single-use plastic bottles. We will construct additional hydration stations in accessible locations for the downtown Phoenix homeless population to relieve some of the issues described above.

Two members of the Shonto Chapter House have partnered with EPICS to aid in further developing their community. They are located in Shonto, Arizona. Their current situation is that several of their citizens do not have access to a power grid and therefore live without power. They are unable to have refrigerators or electric lights. They have no access to any air conditioning or heating during the summer or winter months. They use gas lamps to light their homes at night which cause respiratory problems over long term exposure. Additionally, they are only able to eat foods that do not require refrigeration, meaning they cannot store fresh food, which is not as healthy for residents.