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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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PHANTOM6838 April 17 2014 at 11:15 AM

I saw the Bigfoot peeing into the Portland Reservoir once

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kyleschultz.corporation April 17 2014 at 8:57 AM

Oregon is CRAZY for doing this, the water gets treated before it goes into the infrastructure that we all drink from, what do fish and animals do? Besides Urine is sterile and the amount expelled from a human compared to 35 million gallon would be diluted to such a finite amount that it would never be detectabele

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machinedr001 April 17 2014 at 11:20 AM

These officials should be terminated or re-called immediately! This has to be one of the most ignorant decisions by a government entity! These people are so stupid they don't realize that animals and other humans are doing this every day, more than once a day. If they are so concerned about this type of contamination, they shouldn't be using open reservoirs. The only way to describe this decision is ignorant and downright moronic.

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codzilla24 April 17 2014 at 8:54 AM

How about the animals and birds that pee or take a dump every day most likely in this water and nothing gets done about that?

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Cummings Stiles April 17 2014 at 8:53 AM

If someone can get in to urinate in our drinking water what will stop someone from poisoning our water. They could fly low over the reservoir and drop something into the water. With all the terror attacks on Americans we need better security.

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cvt April 17 2014 at 8:50 AM

How can KATU say it won't cost the city anything? Flushing 38,000 gallons of water, whether treated or not, is wasteful and costly.

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Tom cvt April 17 2014 at 9:03 AM

Not 38,000. Try 38,000,000. Reading is FUNdamental.

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Mac April 17 2014 at 1:45 PM

Seems a little extreme dumping millions of gallons over 10 or 12 ounces human urnine. I work out at Mt Tabor regularly and see many a duck floating on the surface of this same resivour and I'm certain neither they nor the city pays any mind. I mean since when does any public service go to such extreme measures to gurantee thier citizens such caring service. They must be mad. It makes no sense.

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lenny87brown April 17 2014 at 8:48 AM

I remember seeing the image of a dead deer at the edge of the water of the Bull Run watershed. You have to hope that chlorination is as effective as they portray. . . And people wonder why so many drink bottled water.

Is there enough Cipro for someone putting Anthrax into one of these unprotected reservoirs?

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Franco April 17 2014 at 8:47 AM

Lol, years back I saw a bunch of people swimming in an upstate reseevoir, and did not think nothing of it because I thought it was legal. From this day foward, we should all be vigilant and report all turtles and bullfrogs that make #1 and #2 in our water!

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Goodie April 17 2014 at 8:46 AM

Most comments seems to be blaming the water department and not the idiot that urinated into the water, Strange!

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Rich Goodie April 17 2014 at 8:56 AM

because you idiot, the fix was worse than the act, they both should be in jail

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