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Posted: Saturday, July 6, 2013 12:21 pm

With temperatures sky rocketing across the Valley this past week, one Ahwatukee Foothills resident was devising a plan to keep her family cool from the sun.

Linda Torres had just the right idea for keeping her family from burning up from the heat, consisting of the family’s swimming pool and an ice truck filled with blocks of ice.

The idea for dumping blocks of ice into the family swimming pool came after Torres was watching the news one night. A company, Ice King, was trying to see how long it would take for a giant block of ice to melt in the sun.

Being that this past Saturday’s temperatures reached 118 degrees, Torres decided to order 50 solid blocks of ice from Ice King in hopes of transforming her family’s sauna pool into a cool oasis of fun in the sun.

Torres decided to place the ice blocks into the pool at 1 p.m. because it was the perfect time with the pool water being at 88 degrees.

She said the estimated cost for ordering 50 blocks of ice was nearly $130.

“We actually did this a couple years ago when it was really hot because the pool water felt like bath water, it was so hot that it wasn’t even comfortable,” Torres said. “We were going to do it a few weeks ago, but it wasn’t that hot. When we heard what the temperature was going to be we decided to do it.”

This hadn’t been the first time Torres and her family tried dumping ice into their pool.

“We did this about two years ago with another ice vendor, but it wasn’t the solid blocks that I thought it would be,” Torres said. “This time, I made sure that they were the solid blocks, and a decent size.”

Torres dumped the ice blocks one by one and timed how long it took for all the blocks to melt in the pool.

She said it’s a fun and crazy idea for the kids to remember when they grow up and that she wanted to do something that would actually keep them cool in the summer heat.

• Daniel Ochoa is a senior at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. He is interning this semester for the AFN.

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