When temps go down, trail fountains turn off
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The weather might have some hitting the treadmill, while others brave the colder temps on Austin's hike-and-bike trail.
On cold days, runners will have to go without water. The City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department shuts off the fountains and closes the restrooms when the temperature drops below freezing. It's done to prevent pipes from breaking, and ultimately, avoid the cost of having to fix those pipes.
Since it doesn't freeze too often in Central Texas, year-round plumbing is not something the parks and recreation department is considering.
"We can have 80 degree weather in December, so those days that the temperature does fall below 30 degrees, we just shut off the water and put out signage and ask that people to bring water with them," parks spokesperson Victor Ovalle said.
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