In the summer heat, construction worker Roberto Puente Garcia drinks about 10 to 15 bottles of water during a shift. Sometimes the 71-year-old manages a 40-pack with his two colleagues between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., sometimes even more.
Today Garcia cleaned four bottles by 11am. He crushes the empties and slips them into his work harness, a belt that weighs almost 30 pounds when loaded with construction equipment. It’s 94 degrees and there’s not a cloud in the sky. The high will be 103 degrees, but it will most likely feel even hotter.