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US city flushes reservoir, ditching 38 million gallons of water, after man urinates in it

Published on Apr 18, 2014 6:25 AM

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - The US city of Portland, Oregon, is ditching 38 million gallons of drinking water from a reservoir after a teenager was caught on camera urinating into it, officials said Thursday.

The water - enough to fill nearly 60 Olympic-size swimming pools, according to reports - will be discarded despite tests finding no evidence of contamination.

The 19-year-old man, seen with two friends carrying skateboards in the early hours Wednesday, was filmed urinating through an iron fence into the reservoir in southeast Portland shortly after 1:00 am (4:00 pm Singapore time).

David Shaff, Portland Water Bureau Administrator, said about 38 million gallons will be discarded and replaced with fresh water from the Bull Run water supply - even though subsequent tests showed no contamination.

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