Man’s Urine Ruins Reservoir

Almost 40 million gallons of water from the Mt. Tabor Reservoir 5 in Portland, Ore., will be flushed after a 19-year-old man peed in it at 1 a.m. on April 15. “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. That doesn’t include pee. Not from people, at least,” said Water Bureau administrator David Shaff. Cameras monitoring the reservoir showed a skateboarder hanging out near the reservoir lean against a fence, and then after a bit, hike his pants back up and walk away. “When you see the video, he’s leaning right up because he has to get his little wee wee right up to the iron bars. There’s really no doubt what he’s doing,” Shaff said.