21 Jun '11, 1am

US city flushes 30m litres of treated water after a man was caught on camera urinating into the reservoir

US city flushes 30m litres of treated water after a man was caught on camera urinating into the reservoir

This spot at the Mt Tabor number 1 reservoir is where a 21-year-old man was seen on surveillance video urinating into the reservoir in Portland. Oregon. -- PHOTO: AP PORTLAND (Oregon) - CALL it the big flush. Because a 21-year-old man was caught on a security camera urinating into a city reservoir, Oregon's biggest city is sending 30.3 million litres of treated drinking water down the drain. Portland officials defended the decision on Monday, saying they didn't want to send city residents water laced, however infinitesimally, with urine. Public health officials say, however, that urine is sterile in healthy people and that the urine in the reservoir was so diluted - perhaps a quarter of a litre in millions of litres - that it posed little risk. Some people in the city, in the suburbs and around the world called the flush an overreaction, especially since animals such as du...

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