- Katey Psencik American-Statesman Staff
If you grew up in Texas, chances are you have fond memories of beating the summer heat by running through the water sprinkler in your backyard. Because, let’s face it, when the temperatures top 100 degrees, you’ve got to stay cool by any means necessary. But if you grew up in rural Texas and your family didn’t have the money to shell out for a swimming pool, you may have memories of an even more unique way to stay cool: Taking a dip in the water trough your family used to feed animals.
Exciting news: You were ahead of the trend. According to Country Living, “stock tank pools” are the trendy way to stay cool this summer.
No, really—if you search the hashtag #stocktankpool on Instagram, there are plenty of people using water troughs as swimming pools. And some of them look pretty fancy.
I don’t know about y’all, but my mid-90s “stock tank pool” was basically just an ancient metal water trough with a questionable amount of rust (good thing I was up to date on my tetanus shots) and my dad standing beside it, spraying me with the garden hose. If we wanted to get fancy, sometimes he’d even dump some Mr. Bubble in there. But I never got to use it for long, because, I mean, the cows needed water, too. But hey, to each their own.
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