Portland doesn't flush water reservoir after man pees in it

, Posted: Thu, April 17 2014 at 3:11 PM, Updated: Wed, April 30 2014 at 3:24 PM

Portland, Ore. -- (KGW) (Update 4/30 3:20pm): The City of Portland has decided not to completely flush millions of gallons of drinking water down the drain after a teenager allegedly urinated in it. 

City officials said Wednesday that about 35-36 million gallons of water from Mount Tabor's Reservoir 5 has been completely moved to another reservoir in Mount Tabor Park. It will remain there as part of an experiment to see if the city's reservoirs can be used as water features after they are phased out of use in 2015. 

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The Portland Water Bureau decided to "discard" about 38 million gallons of drinking water, after a 19-year-old man was caught urinating into one of the reservoirs, water bureau administrator David Shaff said Wednesday.

A security camera caught the young Oregon man urinating through an iron fence into Mt. Tabor Reservoir Number 5, Shaff said.

Minutes later, two other men, ages 18 and 19, attempted to scale the fence, and one of them entered the reservoir.

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