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Originally posted by Phage
reply to post by captaintyinknots
The news article in the OP got it wrong then. Big surprise.
The operation is costing the state's taxpayers $36,000 (£22,000) and was ordered after Joshua Seater, 21, was caught on a security camera relieving himself in the pristine lake.
8 million gallons does seem pretty small for a lake.
This seems to be a picture of the horribly polluted reservoir.
edit on 6/20/2011 by Phage because: (no reason given)
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I think it is a bit early to award me Lower Class Twit of the year – it’s not even half over yet.
We don’t have fish (or anything else) living in the reservoirs. These are in-town storage tanks – you know, like the ones you see in your neighborhood, but without any cover over them. There are about 3 dozen of them left in the United States and we have 5 of them. You can pull them up on Google Maps to see what they look like, but you should should know a bit more about our system to understand why I made the decision I did.
We treat our water with chlorine and ammonia and then send it into our distribution system. Part of that system is a series of storage reservoirs and tanks. 5 of our reservoirs are open to anything that gets thrown, blown or dumped into them. The person who urinated in the reservoir did so at a point long after the water was treated to become drinking water. Open reservoirs are no longer allowed under EPA regulations and those systems that have them all have to stop storing treated drinking water under schedules approved by their state regulatory agencies or the EPA. See attached links:
Many people who have contacted me don’t agree with my decision to empty the reservoir. Reasonable people differ and I think taking a different course would have been reasonable as well. However, I am also confident that if I had taken a different course of action, many people would be reasonably upset that we didn’t dump the water.
There was a known contaminant (as well as the unknown contaminants that were thrown into the reservoir as well) that was introduced into our drinking water last week. Knowing that some unknown substance was introduced into our drinking water made me much more cautious. We also have the luxury of having a lot of water available to us right now with full reservoirs and hundreds of millions of gallons going down the Bull Run River because we are full. We have the amount of water I am disposing of going downriver approximately every 35 minutes right now. Given that water is both cheap and abundant here in Portland, I think caution was the right move. Were we in a 100 year draught, or living in a water scarce region, I might make a different decision.
The other thing that I think most people don’t get is that we didn’t lose $28,000 in revenue last week. We used 119 million gallons of water in the 24 hours since midnight June 14 to midnight June 15. We wouldn’t have used 8 million gallons more. I just replaced the 8 million gallons that was tainted with 8 million gallons that wasn’t. The direct cost of my decision is the cost to dispose of the water (we estimate that at around $7,700) and having to divert a crew from doing something else to cleaning a reservoir that I wouldn’t have needed to clean again until this Fall.
David Shaff, Administrator
Portland Water Bureau
Originally posted by network dude
reply to post by captaintyinknots
see, now that bothers me way worse now.
They had someone taint the water supply in the past, yet they have such a lax security policy, that anyone can enter it now. Imagine if someone with a tiny bit of brain power, located the camera angles and entered through the blind spot. Then everyone in that town could be at risk. This is an issue that need attention yesterday.
I hope someone who has to drink this water thinks about this.