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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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kandbkollman April 17 2014 at 12:36 PM

As usual, the tree huggers, vegans, "alternative lifestyle" and libotard lemmings that make up the political scene in Portland are over reacting.

No surprise there!

For those of you who went to public school - or Berkeley or O.U.....all public sources of water are treated for exactly this very common happenstance! AND NUMEROUS OTHERS!

That would be the introduction of Chlorine in MINISCULE PPM amounts to remove any contaminants. Re-treatment when/if needed (circle one or all) would be the simple addition of more miniscule amounts of the same chemicals.

Savings the customers of said treated water millions of gallons and the concomitant costs associated thereof.

ANY ONE who has swam in a pool (public or private) has been exposed to EXACTLY the same sort of contaminants - in exponentially higher proportions (pee vs. water - pardon me - but providing 4th. grade explanations here to the powers that be in Portland/Multnomah County; but one must understand his audience before he can educate them) treated with the exact same chemical.

Any one who has swam in a river/lake/ocean has likewise been exposed to "contamination" by humans/wild/domestic animals as well as any number of fertilizers, insecticides, herbicides, etc.

Flash.....did anyone notice that NONE of these same pools hadn't been flushed? Has anyone become sick for swimming AND drinking from the same? Yes sports fans, ANYTIME you swim in ANY body of water.....you ingest the same!

Note to Portland - my home town. Once again the naziesque local governmental jack booted thugs have incorrectly responded to an issue that happens - literally folks - millions of times AN HOUR!

Do I believe the bozos who relieved themselves to be harmless?

Of course not!

Fine/imprison them for years. Cut off their testicles, burn at the steak, or keel haul the lot!

Or if we really desire revenge and vindication......make them watch 4 hours of Al Gore "Inconvenient Truth" with no way place expel their projectile vomitus other than their own laps!

Personally dear reader - give me burning at the stake! It'd hurt less and the lessons learned would be considerably greater than rehashing Gorebasms!

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onemadashell April 17 2014 at 9:42 AM

". This security footage obtained by KGW-TV reportedly shows one of the guys leaning against the fence and presumably urinating."

so did he urinate or not? going to need proof that show he DID otherwise no charges can be filed for public urination.

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ptb24hr April 17 2014 at 9:39 AM

Don't woory all the terrorist are already planning something

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VIPRLARES April 17 2014 at 9:38 AM

Portland How about better security for the reservoir. If young punks can get aroudn and do this, imagine what people with terrorist would do.

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FEDUP365 April 17 2014 at 12:54 PM

How about charging them for the cost of the water and the clean up. My water bill will probably reflect the cost of the lost water somewhere down the road and these morons got off with a $100 ticket. B.S.

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LewTag April 17 2014 at 9:12 AM

If security is so bad they can do this how come anyone could not contaminate the water with something far worse???....I won't give anyone any ideas but use your imagination....this is a serious problem for people in Portland, OR I would think...

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jaded13640 LewTag April 17 2014 at 9:30 AM

Good point. Is it really that easy to contaminate the drinking water?

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newzbug April 17 2014 at 1:03 PM

I hope these kids recieve some kind of punishment. So many kids don't think about what they do. THIS is why teens don't mentally mature till 25.

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dbt2000 April 17 2014 at 1:03 PM

The easiest way to solve this kind of flagrant delinquency is to bill them for the damages. It is amazing how quickly adults (over 18) grow up when they have to pay.

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cgssnavickas April 17 2014 at 1:04 PM

How do these people manage to sneak into the resevoirs? I would think in order to prevent things like this happening there would be some type of security system. I think that he should've been sent to jail, and the only thing he is allowed to drink is the water he contaminated.

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Ron cgssnavickas April 17 2014 at 1:20 PM

It was the security system already in place that caught the Morons !

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cgssnavickas cgssnavickas April 17 2014 at 1:42 PM

Security cameras are one thing but they don't prevent people from sneaking in.

BTW, I wanted to correct something I previously posted. The word should be "reservoir" not "resevoir".

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cbrown6120 April 17 2014 at 1:07 PM

I'll bet their parents are proud of their little boys.

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