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City To Flush Reservoir Of Teen’s Pee

The mix of 38 million gallons of treated water and one teen's urine has proven unacceptable to Portland (Ore.) officials who plan to flush away the whole lot — the second time in less than three years the city has gone to such lengths to keep its water pure. In June 2011, the city drained a 7.5 million-gallon reservoir at Mount Tabor in southeast Portland after a man urinated in the water supply. This time, water from a different reservoir at the same location will be discarded after a 19-year-old was videotaped in the act of urinating. “The basic commandment of the Water Bureau is to provide clean, cold and constant water to its customers,” bureau administrator David Shaff said Wednesday. “And the premise behind that is we don't have pee in it.” The open reservoirs hold water that has already been treated and goes directly into mains for distribution to customers/Associated Press. More here.

Question: Izzit just me, or is this a bit of an overreaction by the city of Portland?


Read more here: http://www.idahostatesman.com/2014/04/17/3138218/portland-plans-reservoir-flush.html#storylink=cpy

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