Portland officials have decided to dump the contents of the city’s Mount Tabor reservoir after a 21-year-old relieved himself into the water, a cost of at least $36,000.
City Water Bureau administration David Shaff says that the decision to dump the nearly 8 million gallons of drinking water after the man’s early morning bathroom stop was not based on science.
The reservoir is not drained when dead animals are found in the water, he admitted. And even though health officials has said that the mans contribution to the reservoir contents would have had a negligible impact, they felt this situation was different.
“It has nothing to do with scientifically,” Shaff told The Oregonian. “Do you want to drink pee?”
“Most people are going to be pretty damn squeamish about that,” Shaff said.
The man has not been arrested or charged. When confronted by police about his urination, he reportedly said, “I didn’t mean to show disrespect. I thought this was a sewage treatment plant.”
Police may still charge the man, and police spokesman Sgt. Pete Simpson says that the infamous 21-year-old is ”not out of the water yet.”
When asked by The Oregonian about the incident, Portland city commissioner Randy Leonard said he “was going to have a Coke with my lunch today.”