The sustained high temperatures around the southland has led the city of Lancaster to partner with the Antelope Valley Sheriff’s Boosters to stock patrol cars with cases of water. The donation will allow sheriff’s deputies to provide water to persons they may interact with.

“When temperatures are high, our priority is to help our public stay safe and healthy,” said Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris. “It is imperative that deputies not only be on the lookout for anyone exhibiting signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke, but that we properly equip them to assist these residents.”

The local homeless population is reportedly a major concern because these individuals are outdoors in triple-digit temperatures. In all, 96 cases (about 3,500 bottles) of water were provided to the Lancaster Sheriff’s station.

“With the increased homeless population here in Lancaster, one of our biggest concerns is their safety during this extended heat wave,” said Lancaster Vice Mayor Marvin Crist. “We feel a responsibility to help our homeless population as much as possible during this hot spell.”

A cooling center is open at the Museum of Art and History, 665 W. Lancaster Blvd., open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday (11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday). The Lancaster Public Library, 601 W. Lancaster Blvd., also serves as a cooling center and is open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, and from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.