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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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classicconnusa April 17 2014 at 10:44 AM

Seriously - look at the photo - do you think 1000 birds haven't crapped in that pond - and who knows what else?

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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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bhtxd004 April 17 2014 at 9:58 AM

if people really knew what they were drinking, they would be distilling their own water, and if you knew what you are eating ,you would be raising your own food. Portland is over the dam on this one

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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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captdennis April 17 2014 at 11:16 AM

More insanity from the "Left" Coast. If the guy who made this decision had a brain it would rattle.

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Randy April 17 2014 at 9:55 AM

If the career bureaucrats and nanny culture of Portland and Oregon are so concerned, instead of dumping 38 million gallons of water into the Pacific, how about if they pump it to the California farmers and ranchers to use for crops and livestock who have been denied water to protect some useless vermin and provide water to the 30+ million fools who have chosen to live in a DESERT!

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Happypoolprune Randy April 17 2014 at 10:53 AM

And how would they get the water to them? But I do like your idea.

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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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