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Teen's Urine Ruins 38M Gallons Of Portland's Water

Posted April 17th, 2014 @ 12:09pm
Posted Thursday, April 17th 2014 @ 12pm  by Kate Seamons, Newser Staff
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(NEWSER) – Rest assured, Portland, Oregon: The water you drink is very, very clean. How sanitary? This sanitary: Water Bureau administrators are willing to flush 38 million gallons of the stuff and clean the open-air reservoir in order to make sure there's not the most miniscule amount of human urine in it.

The Oregonian reports that a 19-year-old man peed in Mt. Tabor Reservoir 5, which supplies the city with drinking water, around 1am yesterday. He was caught on surveillance video leaning against a fence in order to "get his little wee wee right up to the iron bars," said Water Bureau administrator David Shaff; the man then pulled up his pants seconds later.

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