It looks like you're using an Ad Blocker.
Please white-list or disable AboveTopSecret.com in your ad-blocking tool.
Some features of ATS will be disabled while you continue to use an ad-blocker.
Originally posted by LadySkadi
As a side note: I find this interesting that the story comes from a UK paper - No one thought it more appropriate to dig up a local news source with local comments/perspectives?
Man caught urinating in Mount Tabor reservoir prompts Portland to shift water supply
Shaff said the Water Bureau regularly finds dead animals in the same drinking supply but doesn't dump the water. "This is different," he said.
"Do you want to drink pee?" he asked bluntly.
When questioned about scientific data and the small amount of urine in such a large reservoir, he interjected: "Answer the question. It has nothing to do with scientifically.
"Most people," he added, "are gonna be pretty damn squeamish about that."
A portion of the Mount Tabor Reservoir had to be drained Wednesday morning when a 21-year-old Molalla man admitted to urinating in the water.
Originally posted by collietta
When this first aired, I didn't think much of it except that it seemed like a waste. However, it is Portland, and our region has been getting a lot of rain. It probably wasn't much of a waste since there hasn't been a shortage of water this year. They probably didn't want a guard releasing the video and causing more paperwork and rules due to lawsuits.
Regarding the treatment, this NWCN article talks about how the water is treated before the reservoir, not before it enters the tap.
For those condemning the decision to drain the water, what would you do if you were in charge of Portland's water? Would you risk public shame, being forced to resign, stress on your coworkers due to an inevitable revaluation of water policy, and struggle to find work that will help you take care of your family, in the hopes that a security video of a young man peeing into the city water won't be released? Or would you drain the reservoir knowing that the urine is virtually undetectable and more water from the mountains and sky will probably fill it up?
With the way the world is, I would drain the reservoir.edit on 20-6-2011 by collietta because: (no reason given)
From your toilet to your tap
Toni Mcrae | 27th February 2010
HERVEY Bay is shaping up to become flushed with the success of becoming Australia's first city to turn effluent into drinking water.
Quentin Rider checks out the effluent that is turning into “A-plus” grade water.
Effluent upgrade halted
HERVEY Bay is shaping up to become flushed with the success of becoming Australia’s first city to turn effluent into drinking water.
A new $36 million wastewater treatment plant at Nikenbah will launch the project – providing the Federal Government comes good with just under $10 million.
“We’re hopeful,” Wide Bay Water Corporation’s David Wiskar said yesterday. “The Howard government committed to us as an election promise they would give us the money so now we’re negotiating with the Rudd government.
“The idea is to add this effluent-to-drinking water process to be used in times, for instance, of bad drought. It would become a supplementary water source here in times of crisis.
the average human bladder holds only six to eight ounces
Originally posted by TheLieWeLive
It almost sounds like they used this guy peeing in the lake as an excuse to drain it for some other reason.