A 19-year-old man was caught on security camera urinating in a Portland reservoir. They flush it.
“Our customers have an expectation that their water is not deliberately contaminated,” the Administrator of the Portland Water Bureau was quoted as saying. Other than this being in the range of 3-7 ppb not counting the actual non-water components and not counting the dilution of the remainder of the Portland water system. Also, do they consider the fish/fowl/animals that use that water? I wonder what they do with Western Canada Geese? Depending on water source the water is filtered and water is disinfected before going into the system. They use chloramine. I bet the waste water folks are thrilled at the prospect of 38M gallons of clean water going through their plants, although I suppose if you do it over enough time, the extra ultra low BOD hydraulic load won’t cause any trouble.
This is one of the sillier things I’ve seen and it’s not the first time they’ve done it.
File this one under Never underestimate the power of human stupidity.