Somerville Side Hustle: Renting Out Pools In The High Summer Temperatures

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SOMERVILLE, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Boston residents are finding ways to profit off of the summer heat... and all they need is a pool. Using the website Swimply, people with pools on their property can rent them out by the hour and choose their own rate.

"I've had a normal flow of folks who just come even when the weather is a little cool they'll sit out here, but the heat wave picked [it] up so much," Marlon Davis of Somerville told WBZ's Shari Small.

Boston residents felt the intense summer sun with several days this August reaching the upper 90s. During the heat emergency that ended on August 9, Mayor Michelle Wu encouraged residents to make use of the public pools and splash pads the city provided to beat the heat.

"Literally every day either someone was renting the pool, [or] I was trying to take some space so I could clean it for the next guest... in certain cases I really had to not take clients," Davis said.

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He rents his pool for $70 an hour with special pricing for groups over 10. Amenities like grilling and WIFI access can be added on for an additional fee.

Davis said his longest rental was a six hour pool day, which added up $420 without including any amenities. He told Small that he's already planning his Christmas vacation using the money he has made from his pool renting hustle.

"Everybody has one, but I think you have to work with what you have and make it work for you," Davis said, encouraging others to find their own hustle.

WBZ's Shari Small (ShariSmallNews) reports:

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