The thirst has been the story of the past few weeks, but the thirst has not been the only problem for people who have been trying to cool off at the lake in downtown Portland.
Water is a must, especially during a heat wave, and the water can become stagnant if it is not properly stored.
A lack of water can also lead to illness.
“It’s kind of a weird thing,” said Sarah Haggard, an urban designer and environmental planner who lives in downtown Eugene.
“A lot of people are going to have to drink a lot of water to get the proper hydration levels and not go into a panic mode.”
While Portland has had a hot summer, it has not experienced its hottest temperatures in decades, according to the National Weather Service.
It’s expected to stay in the mid-80s for most of the week.
That means many of the people who want to take in the sights and sounds of downtown Portland will be able to enjoy the lake during the day.
However, if people do not have access to hot showers, they can still enjoy a drink at a local tap or buy a bottle of water at a store.
The city of Portland says that in addition to hot water, it offers free Wi-Fi and an unlimited phone number, so anyone can call and speak to anyone else who is looking for help.
Those in need can reach out to the Salvation Army for emergency assistance.
If you have a water-related emergency, contact the Salvation Center at 503-988-2777.