Portland, Ore., is dumping 38 million gallons of the city's drinking water supply after a 19-year-old urinated in Mt. Tabor Reservoir 5 on April 15 around 1 a.m. The unidentified teen was cited for public urination and trespassing, the latter charge extended to his two teenage friends.
According to The Oregonian, “Even though there is very minimal public health risk, the bottom line is that our commitment is to serve water that’s clean, cold and constant,” Water Bureau administrator David Shaff said. “That doesn’t include pee. Not from people, at least.”
Shaff added, “It’s stupid. 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. Unless he’s from North Dakota and just moved here, he’s got to know that’s our drinking water,” reports The Oregonian.
Caught on surveillance video, one teen is seen pressed against the fence urinating. However, the video also shows two of the men climbing the fence and one possibly taking a dip in the reservoir.
While the trio took cell phone pictures of each other, police were able to head their way after being caught on camera and halted their car at the park's entrance. "The bureau has guards patrol all Water Bureau property, including the reservoirs, and officers who monitor reservoir security cameras from the city’s Emergency Operations Center in east Portland," The Oregonian further explains.
The pipes in Reservoir 5 were stopped immediately following the contamination. The last time the tank was cleaned was last month.