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During Heat Wave, Metro Allows Water Bottles On Board

Riders can drink water on the transit system Wednesday and Thursday, WMATA reports.

Metro is allowing riders to drink water on the transit system on Wednesday and Thursday as a heat wave descends on the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, according to Huffpost DC and WMATA.

A heat advisory is in effect for much of the D.C. region, including Montgomery County, through 10 p.m. Wednesday. The advisory will go back into effect from noon to 10 p.m. Thursday. Temperatures are expected to climb into the upper 90s and heat indexes will register between 100 and 105 degrees, Huffpost DC reports.

Metro is lifting its “no drinking” policy for water only, according to a WMATA press release.  While riders can’t consume other beverages or food on the system, they can drink water in stations, on buses and aboard Metro trains.

Metro is encouraging rideres to use receptacles that can be tightly secured and to properly dispose of trash.

Montgomery County Fire and Rescue is advising residents to “pre-hydrate, hydrate ad re-hydrate” during the heat wave.

“During hot weather you will need to increase your fluid intake, regardless of your activity level,” wrote Fire Chief Richard Bowers in a statement. “Drink plenty of fluids in advance, during and after activities and don’t wait until you're thirsty to hydrate.”

Cody P June 20, 2012 at 08:02 PM
The restriction on consuming water (or food, or other beverages) is not Metro policy: It is the law in all constituent jurisdictions. One the police are bound to enforce, whatever proclamations are made in Fifth Street. I would favour a more nuanced approached. I have no problem with a fellow passenger eating a sandwich and soda, taking the leavings when he alights. Ban the uncourteous who would inflict the stench of fried food, or toss the leftovers under the seats.
tfm June 21, 2012 at 02:42 PM
Thank God, common sense prevails on Metro. The restrictions should be lifted on water, speaking as someone with a constant throat and sinus problem requiring frequent water sippage fro relief. I am far from alone with this problem - there are many with medical and health issues who would benefit, as well as the just plain thirsty who often have longish rides on board. I am also not entirely happy with the food restrictions but the water is an essential area where Metro should give up its pursuit of violators.
Derek Hale June 22, 2012 at 05:08 PM
This "ban" and said enforcement is somewhat of a joke. How many of us have been on in the morning commute where riders are carrying their Starbucks or other coffees. Water is ok, if spilled on someone, just stand outside in this heat and you'll dry off in about 2 minutes. A coffee that stains your business clothes when the train comes to an abrupt halt is absolutely unacceptable.

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