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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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Rick West April 17 2014 at 12:01 PM

Any mention of bird poop? Is there an enforced no fly/no poop zone? Urine is sterile-poop not so much.

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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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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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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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PHANTOM6838 April 17 2014 at 11:15 AM

I saw the Bigfoot peeing into the Portland Reservoir once

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standard April 17 2014 at 11:12 AM

Stupid stupid stupid!! How many wild animals, birds, etc. eliminate in the water daily? Don't the do anything to the water before it gets the customer? I'm sure there are alot of people in California that would take the water asis.

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kevinsweeneyme April 17 2014 at 11:11 AM

Along with the water Portland Water Bureau officials flushed their common sense.

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G2 Services, Ltd April 17 2014 at 11:08 AM

An open reservoir is subject to contamination from birds, animals, and air pollution. Every City on the Mississippi is drinking the effluent from the City upstream. This is a knee jerk reaction.

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captdaddy54 April 17 2014 at 11:06 AM

That is ridiculous, what is the city doing about dogs, cats birds and bats?

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cessnatx April 17 2014 at 11:03 AM

Just so you all won't worry...When you "FLUSH" your Toilet the water just disappears....never to be seen again .....Right ? uh oh

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