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Hot Summer Nights events to go waterless for now in wake of restrictions

Popular fire department events will still happen, but without the water
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Hot Summer Nights will be a little warmer for the foreseeable future.

The Guelph Fire Department's annual program, the highlight of which is the hosing off of willing and eager kids, will be water-free until the city's Level 2 water restriction is lowered.

"We don't have to, but to show good faith we've decided to make it more a public education component and allow the kids to see the truck rather than running with the water," said Guelph Fire Department Deputy Chief John Osborne.

"I just think it makes more sense.

The first Hot Summer Nights event took place Thursday night at Ken Danby School on Grange Road and there were around 30 or 40 kids looking to get hosed down.

While there was disappointment, and some grumbling that some advance notice would have been welcome, most people seemed to take the situation in stride.

Osborne said it might be difficult to reschedule events, but the remaining ones will include water if the water ban gets lifted.

"Because it takes a fair bit of planning well in advance, it's hard to say if we can make it up," he said.

The department will continue to arrive with the truck for the public education aspect.

The remaining dates and locations are July 21 at Exhibition Park, Aug. 11 at Waverley Drive Park and Aug. 25 at Margaret Green Park, all at 6:30 p.m.