The city of Portland, Oregon has been forced to flush 143 million liters of drinking water down the drain after a 19-year-old delinquent decided to urinate in the reservoir.
The 19-year-old was caught on surveillance footage around 1 a.m. urinating off the bridge and into the reservoir. Though the Water Bureau used to keep guards on duty through the night, the posts were cut a few years ago to reduce rate increases.
The reservoir will be drained and sanitized after Wednesday’s incident, according to city water officials.
“That water goes directly into people’s homes,” David Shaff, Portland Water Bureau adminstrator said. “There is no way to re-treat it.”
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The draining and cleaning of the reservoir is expected to cost the city $35,000.
“Even though there is very minimal public health risk,” Shaff said, “the bottom line is that out commitment is to serve water that’s clean.”