PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Call it the big flush. Because a 21-year-old man was caught on a security camera urinating into a city reservoir, Oregon’s biggest city is sending 8 million gallons of treated drinking water down the drain. Portland officials defended the decision Monday, saying they didn’t want to send city residents water laced, however infinitesimally, with urine. Public health officials say, however, that urine is sterile in healthy people and that the urine in the reservoir was so diluted – perhaps a half pint in millions of gallons – that it posed little risk.

The young man, Josh Seater, told KATU-TV he’d been drinking, was with friends and thought that the reservoir was a sewage treatment plant. He said he felt guilty instantly, and then security guards arrived. “I knew I did wrong when I did it,” he told the station. In addition to the sewage charge, Shaff said, the flushed water is worth $28,000.

Some people in the city, in the suburbs and around the world called the flush an overreaction, especially since animals such as ducks contribute waste routinely and, sometimes, die in the water. “More than 1 billion people worldwide do not have reliable access to clean drinking water, and here we are tossing away nearly 8 million gallons of water just to appease the ignorant residents who believe their tap water will otherwise turn yellow,” read one comment posted on The Oregonian’s Website.

The public pool system will however, remain open for businesss! Last one in is a rotten egg…….

  1. So what says:

    #32 Yes towers are used as pressure control and storage. However, Missouri does not allow the use of open reservoirs for finished water for this exact reason. The amount of storage or residence time is dependent on usage. I had multiple towers that could and do cover the entire city when another was out for service or painting. We just had to ramp up production at the water plant to offset the loss of storage. We also had booster pumps for both pressure and injections of chlorine to maintain the appropriate residuals. We do have ground storage containers located on hillsides etc. but these are not open.