Teen urinates in Portland drinking water

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Three teens were arrested after one allegedly urinated into a Portland reservoir.

Three teens were arrested after one allegedly urinated into a Portland reservoir.

Three teens were arrested after one allegedly urinated into a Portland reservoir.

OREGON — The city of Portland, Oregon, has been forced to dump millions of gallons of drinking water. Why?

Because someone urinated into a water reservoir.

Surprising still, this isn’t the first time this has happened.

The latest incident took place about 1 a.m. Wednesday. Cameras captured three teens near the Mount Tabor Reservoir No. 5. One of them approached the iron fence and apparently got close enough to relieve himself directly into the reservoir.

The three teens were apprehended, and the 50-million-gallon reservoir was taken offline for testing.

Thanks to the teens, the Portland Water Bureau will have to dump 38 million gallons of drinking water, said administrator David Shaff.

“Our customers have an expectation that their water is not deliberately contaminated,” he said.

All three teens received citations for trespassing; one was cited for public urination.

Shaff told the Oregonian newspaper that the teen knew exactly what he was doing.

“It’s stupid,” Shaff told the newspaper. “You can see the sign that says: ‘This is your drinking water. Don’t spit, throw, toss anything in it.’ He’s four feet away from that sign.”

Shaff was also the administrator when a similar incident took place in June 2011. Surveillance cameras caught a man urinating into an 8-million gallon reservoir.



    so when this happened the first time you would think that they would take steps to preventing this again like building a electric fence around it so if it happened again then maybe the people breaking the law would really feel the pain of having to replace all that very valuble water supply but no, all they get is a slap on the hand and isn’t even made to pay for the water they wasted. Glad I don’t live in that state.

  • NobodyAtAll

    Totally ridiculous…Dumping 38m gallons for this…Need not test the water, need to test the kid for any diseases he may carry…No nasty diseases, then the water is fine…

  • Mark Stabler

    Is there no chance that some animals and birds urinate in that reservoir. Could it not recieve some contaminate from rain…and they dump 38 million gallons of water. I hope no one has ever accidentally swallowed a drop or two of water in a public or private swimming pool, because I can assure you that is a whole lot less water with a whole lot more urine in it than 38 million gallons with one tinkle.

  • B

    I’m sure this happened many times without their knowledge. What about animal urination and all the bird droppings. The water is treated before people drink the water. It don’t make since to drain the water just for a little pee that will be dissolved like it is at a public swimming pool. Know if he did #2 then I agree, drain the water.

  • dewey

    what’s a little pee amongst friends…………think about this next time you turn on the tap….there ain’t no “new” water. the water we drink now has always been here

  • CIAA Alum

    Less than a cup of pee in 38 million gallons? Dumping it is total overkill. I’m more worried about the toxic chloramines (amonia + chlorine) in Greensboro’s water supply. Chloramines do not boil out, and takes a minimum of three weeks to begin to breakdown; this pee will be so diluted, and with the movement of water through the channels, it will be imperceptible; and therefore a non-issue.

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