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    Does this strike anyone else as being completely insane?

    Is the water not treated before it is piped into homes?
    What about all the waste matter from local wildlife?


    The US city of Portland in Oregon is ditching more than 140 million litres of drinking water after a teenager was caught on camera urinating into a reservoir.

    The water - enough to fill nearly 60 Olympic-size swimming pools - will be discarded despite tests finding no evidence of contamination.

    The 19-year-old man, seen with two friends carrying skateboards in the early hours Wednesday, was filmed urinating through an iron fence into the reservoir in south-east Portland.

    Portland Water Bureau administrator David Shaff said the water will be discarded and replaced with fresh water from the Bull Run water supply.

    "Our customers have an expectation that their water is not deliberately contaminated," he said.

    "We have the ability to meet that expectation while minimising public health concerns."

    Portland Water Bureau spokesman Tim Hall dismissed suggestions authorities had overreacted.

    "Any time there is human contamination of our drinking water, as a precaution, we shut the reservoir down and begin to drain and clean it," he said.

    "We're in an enviable position of having an abundant supply ... Therefore releasing this water did not create any financial impact in the city or for our customers."

    But the decision raised eyebrows further south down the US west coast, where California is suffering from its worst drought in decades.

    "Really, Portland Water Bureau officials, do you have to flush 38 million gallons of potable water for the sake of a cup or two of human urine?" one Los Angeles Times commentary asked.

    "Have a little pity on your neighbours to the south. Remember California? That big, dry behemoth ... how do you think we feel, when we hear the whoosh of 38 million gallons going to waste?
    "We're in a drought, remember? Not good. No, not good at all."

    The three men involved have been excluded from the reservoir area, while police were reviewing the video surveillance footage to decide whether to press criminal charges, Mr Hall said.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Busy Bee View Post
    Does this strike anyone else as being completely insane?
    It is actually probably cheaper in the long run.


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    Quote Originally Posted by billvon View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Busy Bee View Post
    Does this strike anyone else as being completely insane?
    It is actually probably cheaper in the long run.
    Cheaper than what?
    The water would/should be treated before it was consumed by humans.
    What about all the bird poo, dead animals and other contaminants in the water?

    It's not like it's been shaken and taped 10 times so that it retains memory of the urine. :P
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    I realise that the facility was built in 1911, but the very idea of open storage after processing strikes me as completely barmy. The whole thing would have to be emptied every time there was a big downpour. Just look at that grass/parkland right next to it. Every time someone makes a mistake in applying fertiliser or pesticide to that grass, or not even when there's an error, or a family of ducks or geese takes up temporary residence the water would have to be replaced.

    In over a century no one's got around to replacing it with closed storage. That's what really strikes me. At least they're doing it now. Well and truly overdue by my reckoning.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Busy Bee View Post
    Cheaper than what?
    Frivolous lawsuits juried by idiots.
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    They're spending 50 million dollars to tear down and rebuild Sandy Hook elementary school. I guess they are afraid of ghosts.
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    "Frivolous lawsuits juried by idiots." LOL, good one
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    Well, at least they did have a fence around it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dan hunter View Post
    Well, at least they did have a fence around it.
    Part of it. Check out the picture in the link. Portland ditches 140 million litres of drinking water after teenager caught urinating in reservoir - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
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    The list of creatures that could have lived, pissed, pooed, vomitted, died and rotted in that reservoir is pretty long.
    At least the man's piss was sterile.
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    Good thing no bird has ever crapped in there, no insect has even died and decayed in there, no feces has ever runoff during a rain event into there, no rain with chemicals in it has ever fallen into there...

    What a looney story.
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    Quote Originally Posted by adelady View Post
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    Well, at least they did have a fence around it.
    Part of it. Check out the picture in the link. Portland ditches 140 million litres of drinking water after teenager caught urinating in reservoir - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
    Gee, a dog path beside the water, how very cosmopolitan of them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lynx_Fox View Post
    Frivolous lawsuits juried by idiots.
    Exactly. "My perfect little girl was fine until she drank water after that man peed in it, and now she has autism! How do you know he didn't have autism or some other disease? You DON'T."
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    Doesn't make sense to me. I think with modern water treatment techniques, a person peeing in a reservoir is immaterial.

    Either fence it off, or maintain the reservoir in an area not easily accessible. Like the Hoover Dam.
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