Portland water supply flushed after teen urinates into reservoir

Video showing a teen urinating in a reservoir has forced Oregon officials to flush 38 million gallons of drinking water down the drain.
April 17, 2014 12:40:42 PM PDT
Officials in Oregon say they're flushing 38 million gallons of drinking water down the drain after a teen was caught on surveillance video urinating in an open reservoir.

According to officials, five teenagers were seen at Mount Tabor Park in Portland early Wednesday morning. One of them urinated through the iron fence.

Portland Water Bureau spokeswoman Jaymee Cuti said Thursday that test samples of water taken from the reservoir came back clean.

Officials acknowledge the urine posed little risk, but say they're not taking any chances and will flush the water anyway.

They note that they have plenty of water to meet demand and didn't want to deliver deliberately tainted water to customers.

The 19-year-old was cited for trespassing and public urination. The Multnomah County District Attorney's Office will decide whether to pursue criminal charges.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report)