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Teen's prank ruins millions of gallons of drinking water

Portland Reservoir To Be Flushed After Man Urinates In It
Portland city officials are having to flush millions of gallons of treated reservoir water after a 19-year-old man allegedly relieved himself in a non-traditional location.

It happened around 1 o'clock Wednesday morning as three teens snuck into Portland's Reservoir 5, which holds some of the city's drinking water. This security footage obtained by KGW-TV reportedly shows one of the guys leaning against the fence and presumably urinating.

Those three men were detained shortly after they were seen in the security footage, and KPTV reports hours later, Portland city officials decided to take the 50-million gallon reservoir offline and flush 38-million gallons.

The Portland Water Bureau there's little risk to the public's health but bureau administrator David Shaff says, "Our customers have an expectation that their water is not deliberately contaminated. We have the ability to meet that expectation."

This kind of incident has happened once before. KOIN reports the city flushed 8 million gallons of water in 2011 after a 21-year-old man urinated in another reservoir.

The Oregonian reports that previous episode was said to have cost $35,000, but KATU reports this most recent incident won't cost the city anything seeing that city employees are already scheduled to work.

Portland police cited all three men for trespassing and cited one of the men for public urination. The security footage will be reviewed by the district attorney's office and those men could face criminal charges.

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Ron J Archer April 17 2014 at 10:39 AM

What about the thousands of bird droppings each day, how do you stop the birds.

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Happypoolprune Ron J Archer April 17 2014 at 10:45 AM

Sorry but the article did say intentionally contaminated - which is what those teens did - and yes, they should face criminal charges -

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kokujin37 Happypoolprune April 17 2014 at 11:00 AM


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cokerclan April 17 2014 at 1:28 PM

Also an insane statement to say it doesn't cost anything. I promise you, every gallon of treated water cost a measurable amount depending on the extent of treatment. Water almost always must be pumped and pumps run of electricity or fossil fuels.

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americawakeupnow April 17 2014 at 1:29 PM

This reservoir looks to be open to the elements, and other animals, birds etc... It seems very extreme to dump all this water for some urine.

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Mike April 17 2014 at 1:32 PM

Portland, Maine?

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Pat Mike April 17 2014 at 1:37 PM

does it matter?

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Mike Pat April 17 2014 at 2:06 PM

No. I was just mocking the bad reporting.

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Rick Mike April 17 2014 at 1:46 PM


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Steven April 17 2014 at 9:56 AM

Wait til they find out what fish do in the water... !

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Ken April 17 2014 at 11:19 AM

So does this mean that the water from this resivoir which as everone continues to point out is contaminated already from various animal sources goes directly to Portland's faucets without first going through filtration and water treatment?

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jrc22552 Ken April 17 2014 at 11:24 AM

Better to handle it this way than to start a "let's go and piss in the reservoir fad.

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Ken jrc22552 April 17 2014 at 11:51 AM

Right...as if people would be lining up for their turn. Just how does every other city in the world that relies on a resevoir system protect THEIR drinking water? This all seems a bit much, doesn't it?

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Mitch Ken April 17 2014 at 11:30 AM

It was already treated. Read, then comment.

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Ken Mitch April 17 2014 at 1:19 PM

I seriously doubt that these millions of gallons of "treated" water were truly ready for human consumption without further filtration or treatment. Lord only knows what contaminants it could pick up sitting out in the open like that. Believe me there is a final step or several steps before it gets to the faucet.

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ENCONPOPPY April 17 2014 at 9:55 AM

How about fish poop ?

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todd23454 April 17 2014 at 9:54 AM

But bird **** is fine?

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English April 17 2014 at 9:48 AM

Wow, what do they do when birds fly over

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airmanemory April 17 2014 at 9:43 AM

Talk about pissed off

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