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Portland Drains 50-Million Gallon Drinking Water Reservoir After Teen Urinates In Water

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Video captured by the Portland Water Bureau shows one man urinating into a drinking water reservoir Video captured by the Portland Water Bureau shows one man urinating into a drinking water reservoir
PORTLAND, Ore. - 38 million gallons of drinking water was flushed from the Mt. Tabor Reservoir in Portland, Oregon this week after a teenager was caught urinating in the reservoir.

The incident began just after 1:00am on Wednesday when a Portland Water Bureau security guard saw three men on camera near the reservoir. One of those men, an unidentified 19-year-old, was filmed urinating through the fence and into the 50-million gallon drinking water reservoir. A few minutes later, the two other men, ages 18 and 19, tried to scale the fence, with one of them successfully getting across.

Police quickly responded and were able to catch the three men. All of them were cited for trespassing, and one man was cited for public urination. Police are looking at the surveillance video to determine whether the men will be charged with anything else.

Once officials saw the urination, they immediately took the reservoir off-line and tested for the level of contamination. The results of that test are not back yet. The Portland Water Bureau acknowledged that the public health risk is very small, but they will not purposely serve tainted drinking water the public. The city previously drained the reservoir in 2011 after someone had urinated into it.

In 2006, the Environmental Protection Agency announced that all finished drinking water be stored in covered reservoirs. The City of Portland is in the process of complying with this federal mandate and Reservoir 5 on Mt. Tabor is slated to be permanently disconnected by December 31, 2015.


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