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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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blo2thehead April 17 2014 at 12:04 AM

to diluted to do any harm.

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randmhunley April 17 2014 at 12:46 AM

i wonder how many birds flying over pooping in it all day
does it take untill it gets ruined
sounds like a load of crap

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Bill April 17 2014 at 1:20 AM

Over reaction by Portland. Urinating in a reservoir that large would not effect the purity because it will disapate (ms) and have no effect on the drinking water purification that it goes thru before it ever hits you faucets.

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ibeyour1 Bill April 17 2014 at 1:40 AM

was thinking the same thing. I know a lot of places that could use those millions of gallons. Calif farms for one.

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Joyce Bill April 17 2014 at 2:00 AM

It's not over reaction. Anyone purposely putting something into public drinking water should be punished severely. It's true a few ounces of urine probably won't hurt anyone, but next time he might decide to see how much fun it is if thousands of people got typhoid fever, or dysentery. How about if he decides a few gallons of anti-freeze, or drain cleaner would get a fun reaction? He should at the least be charged with creating a public health threat. Anyone who would do what he did, won't hesitate to add other substances to the water.

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Marie April 17 2014 at 12:37 AM

I bet their PARENTS are real PROUD of the right now.....................

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lymanjohnf April 17 2014 at 12:35 AM

So, what about the pigeons and squirrels and all the other critters whose waste ends up in the reservoir, not to mention what is brought down from the atmosphere by rainfall?

Pour in a quart of bleach and be done with it - draining away 38 million gallons of treated water is simply stupid. (I am assuming it is already treated - if not, then the draining is doubly stupid.)

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Melrensckit April 17 2014 at 1:17 AM

Give him nothing to drink for a month but water that's been peed in.

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klw4919 April 17 2014 at 1:00 AM

He should at least be charge with indecent exposure. That's what happens to you if you piss in public and get caught. At least in California.

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naturesimages541 April 17 2014 at 12:26 AM

you pee in the swimming pool and no one's gonna be bothered. a whole reservoir full of water would absorb the minute amount of someone's p and therefore ---- irresponsible to empty it. would you empty the Ocean if you knew people and animals/sea life were doing this??

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pachilichief April 18 2014 at 10:00 AM

This soooo ridiculous! Flush the Reservoir because someone pissed in it!!!
Public officials everywhere have become spineless and have no common sense anymore.
What do you think fish do in water or birds when they fly over water or or or ???
Let's see....8 ounces of urine diluted with 38 million gallons of water is...????? How about nothing.
No wonder everything costs so much...just to cover their weak asses!

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wolvespoint April 17 2014 at 12:53 AM

Give a big fine to the dummy and community service!

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