Skip to comments.Portland will flush 38 million gallons of water after man urinates in Mt. Tabor Reservoir
Posted on 04/18/2014 8:07:26 AM PDT by Red in Blue PA
Portland administrators will flush 38 million gallons of water from Mt. Tabor Reservoir 5 after a 19-year-old man urinated in the citys drinking supply.
Even though there is very minimal public health risk, the bottom line is that our commitment is to serve water thats clean, cold and constant, said Water Bureau administrator David Shaff. That doesnt include pee. Not from people, at least.
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Seems a tad excessive to me.
Urine trouble now.
Good thing birds never fly over it and poop.
Forgot to add, what about the ducks who may land on it? Is it 38 Million gallons for each duck or bird or fish?
What fools run this country
Libtards....what don’t they know?
What are they going to do when they find out that a bird pooped in it.
Yep, I’ve wondered that too.
Open air reservoirs everywhere have birds and other assorted animals, who will do their business there.
Yet, we’re all in a panic about one guy urinating into millions of gallons of water????
I am glad there are no fish in this lake, obviously the urine and feces of these critters would make them want to dump another 38 million gallons. Good call. Wise choices, can´t get any better in making simple choices that protect people. We don´t need to buy water in a bottle when we can clean up an entire lake.
It is madness. If anyone were to investigate the amount of rat schidt allowed in corn meal, wheat products, etc. they would happen upon a government allowance that probably approaches the concentration levels here (probably no more than 12 ounces in 38 million gallons of water).
This is utterly ludicrous, especially since urine is sterile.
FISH HAVE SEX IN THAT WATER!...............
Are their fish in that reservoir? Does any wildlife use this 38 million gallons of water?
This is government intelligence at work here.
Oh the birds in the sky will be laughing loudly as they pee overhead while flying by and the fish would giggle if their gills only let let them and the fox letting fly on the sly.
I many never drink water again after that post.
Someone needs to start flushing NOW!
So, if a herd of moose gets in the reservoir, it's OK?
Keep paying your property taxes, you stupid Oregon peasants.
Lord Shaff needs to put a new deck on his vacation home this summer...
Good Grief! Whoever runs that water plant where the treatment takes care of any issues should have spoken up.
Yes, birds poop, fish poop, fish die, and all kinds of unsanitary things will happen in a reservoir that large.
Urine is sterile, and what those stranded on the ocean drink when they run out of water....not the ocean salt water.
There are water plants in places that recycle the urine for drinking water. Are these people in possession of any brains? Or did they plan to drain out 38 million gallons anyway? How much did that decision cost taxpayers?
Wait till they drain it and find a layer of dead animals in the bottom of it.
What amazes me about this whole thing is learning the they are not required to filter the water as part of treatment. It appears to be a surface water supply, not groundwater.
I did not know there were any states remaining which did not require filtration of surface water.
And when they dump all this water, where do they think it goes? Much of it will end right back up in the water supply anyhow.
This was posted earlier this week. Their current level of water treatment is more than sufficient to treat this 2 cups of human piss. This is just to have a psychological effect on the public.
This doesn’t sound like he pissed in the surface water basins ( actual watershed) as there is no way to drain those...
On some reality shows, they drink urine if they are stuck on an island....and no untoward consequences happen!
“probably no more than 12 ounces in 38 million gallons of water” = “SMIDGEN”
Now they will add cameras and TSA checkpoints around reservoirs. Just wait.
There are no fish. As for other animals, the reservoir is fenced so it probably keeps out large mammals, but smaller animals and birds definitely have access to it.
What are they going to do when they find out that a bird pooped in it.
By the way...love your tagline....lol
People in TX and other places recycle urine etc.:
Especially considering what fish do in it and birds do over it. GeeZ. Talk about overkill!!
A student of history, particularly Jewish history, would be aware of the siege of Masada. It is recounted that the sieged eventually grew towards starvation and thirst. It is even documented that they took to straining urine through cheese cloth to have something to drink.
This liberal hysteria and overreaction is unprecedented in my opinion. Are they trying to tell us that their reservoirs are out-of-the-bottle ready to drink with no chlorination, filtering or other processing needed?
Give me a frigging break!
Not good enough. I’m calling for the government to drain the entire ocean.
Every public water system is required to have a security plan after 9/11/01. The larger ones especially with surface water basins in the major metropolitan areas are required to have those security systems in place.
Remember how they caught those “Amish” fellows near the New York City watershed...
let's try a different one
I swear, they do this every 5-6 years. I sometimes think it’s a ruse to paper over some other maintenance issue that they will be doing after they empty the reservoir.
It makes many in drought prone regions shriek about wasting water, but this is Portlandia, land of eternal damp where it rains practically every other day.
“Not from people, at least.”
Meaning that if an animal urinated, it would be ok.
38 million gallons vs 50ccs.
Why not put in effect a public announcement of a boiling order. I mean you can certainly bath in the water.
Plus, we have something called “purifying the water.” THey can’t purify the water?
Yeh, but it’s “protected” sex!
Yeah,but the Portlandia “green” folks are all about
sure they are.
For you math/chemistry geeks, this works out to a urine contamination of about 2 ppb (parts per billion).
The EPA allows 5 times as much arsenic and 7 times as much lead as this. Whereas normal urine is not toxic.
Hey, if that guy peed 12 ounces, that water is 0.000000247% pure urine! Yuck.
"It's got a little wang to it.....Good, though."
Cant they sell the water to a bottler ?
It’s idiotic, but charge the young man. Stupid often has a price.
Guess they'll have to send it in rockets to the Moon!
Better get some help from the Chinese on that.
Hollywood Knights, hahahah!
I sometimes wonder if these types of incidents are a coverup of some kind of tampering with the water supply...a terrorist attempt to poison water?
This is an insane, gross over-reaction.
Just the action of the wind on the surface of the lake will oxidize that little bit of urea in no time.
Oregon in even crazier than California.
I’m pretty sure he wasn’t the first nor last person to pee in it.