Officials in Portland, Oregon, decided to drain the Mt. Tabor open-air reservoir after an unidentified 21-year-old was caught relieving himself in the city’s drinking water. Because of the contamination, nearly 8 million gallons of drinking water were dumped costing taxpayers ten of thousands of dollars.
Oddly enough, the local public swimming pools are still open for business.
According to the Daily Mail, this isn’t the first time the reservoir has been in the news. It was drained back in 2011 after a previous urination incident and, back in 2008, the water just narrowly avoided being dumped after a couple was caught skinny dipping in the reservoir. Each time the water is dumped it costs the city about $36,000. Has the invention of the fence not made it out to Portland yet?
Oddly enough, reservoir employees admit that animals regularly dump waste in the open water without incident. Sure I don’t want to drink pee water but I really don’t want to drink water a rat died in. Besides, it didn’t seem to hurt Bear Grylis when he drank his own urine on his show for no reason whatsoever.
David Shaff, administrator for the Water Bureau, admitted that the decision to drain the water because of a little pee was purely a political one. But can you blame him? Come election time, “That’s the guy that let you drink pee water!” is a tough accusation to rebut in a debate.