Peeved Portland, Ore., officials plan to drain millions of gallons of treated drinking water from a city reservoir after a teenager was caught on surveillance cameras taking a brazen bathroom break.

The unnamed 19-year-old was captured urinating through the iron fence at the Mount Tabor Reservoir just after 1 a.m. Wednesday, water bureau officials said. Two others with him, ages 18 and 19, were also caught trying to scale a fence.

The unsavory act has prompted officials to decide to flush 38 million gallons of drinking water — or the equivalent of 57 Olympic-sized swimming pools. Generally, urine in such a large volume of treated water poses little risk to the public, and even animals are known to answer the call of nature into the reservoir, which gets its water from the Bull Run watershed.

“Our customers have an expectation that their water is not deliberately contaminated. We have the ability to meet that expectation while minimizing public health concerns,” David Shaff, Portland Water Bureau administrator, said in a statement.

He added that the city has enough water at this time and isn’t suffering from a drought.

That particular reservoir was taken offline while water quality tests were taken Wednesday. The results are due back Thursday.

The three suspects, who were not identified, were cited for trespassing. The main culprit was also cited for public urination, and the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office is deciding whether to pursue criminal charges.

The city previously drained the reservoir in 2011 after someone had urinated into it. But not everyone’s relieved this time around.

Floy Jones, co-founder of the group Friends of the Reservoirs, told The Associated Press that dumping so much water for something that hasn’t proven harmful doesn’t make sense. “It’s extremely wasteful,” she said.

The average daily urine output for an adult is around 68 to 72 ounces per day. The average times that an adult urinates each day is 4.4 times. Then the average amount of urine discharged per episode is around 16 ounces. The reservoir holds approximately 38 million gallons or 4 billion, 864 million ounces of water. This means that the amount of urine contained in this dr4inking water is 1 part/304 million.

You can drink your own urine without any ill affects so that small a dosage is not going to hurt anyone. Besides, if he had not been caught on the surveillance camera, nobody would have been the wiser and nothing would have been done. What a waste of a limited resource.

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