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Steady On The Water

Eight million gallons of water drained from reservoir after man urinates in it - Telegraph
Health experts said the incident would not have caused any harm to people in the city of Portland, who are supplied with drinking water from the reservoir.
They said the average human bladder holds only six to eight ounces, and the urine would have been vastly diluted.
But David Shaff, an administrator at the Portland Water Bureau, defended the decision to empty the lake.
"There are people who will say it's an over reaction. I don't think so. I think what you have to deal with here is the 'yuck' factor," he said.

Cue W C Fields - "I don't drink water. Fish fuck in it."


They drained the reservoir because of preception not because of pollution. The process to filter and clean the water would have provided perfectly acceptable water in spite of the urine. Open reservoirs are subject to all kinds of pollution far worse then this. This was a silly waste of money.

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