Teen urinates in Portland water supply, city drains reservoir of 38 million gallonsPosted: Updated:
A 19-year-old man was caught on camera urinating in a reservoir that holds Portland's drinking water on Wednesday, according to city officials.
Since then, the city has been draining 38 million gallons of water from Reservoir 5 at Mount Tabor Park in southeast Portland.
The Bull Run watershed, which is the primary supplier of the city's drinking water, has an abundant supply at this time, and that will allow the city to move forward with draining Reservoir 5.
Officials said a group of five teens were seen at Mount Tabor Park at about 1 a.m. Wednesday. Two of them left the park, but the three who remained were recorded causing trouble on surveillance video.
Dallas Jeffrey Delynn, 18, was filmed urinating through the iron fence into the reservoir. Minutes later, the two other men, Trey Michael McDaniel, 19, and Daniel Delynn McDonald, 18, tried to climb the fence. One of them managed to make it over the fence, and a Portland police officer and water bureau ranger were called to the scene.
However, McDaniel told FOX 12 he isn't from the area and he wasn't aware that he was trespassing and had only followed his friends up to the reservoir.
City water staff immediately took Mount Tabor Reservoir 5 offline so it could be tested for possible contamination. Those test results came back negative on Thursday.
Meanwhile, police officers cited the three men for trespassing. Delynn was also cited with public urination.
The police reports and the surveillance video from the investigation will be handed over to the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office to determine whether the three men will be charged with further crimes.
The Portland Water Bureau said it plans to press charges.
The risk to the public would have been slight if the urination had gone unnoticed, but water bureau administrator David Shaff said the water bureau "won't serve purposely tainted drinking water to the public."
"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," Shaff said in a statement.
The water bureau says it's not costing the city any more money to drain the reservoir this time, even though it had just drained this same reservoir about three weeks ago as part of its annual cleaning.
To give you an idea just how much water 38 million gallons is; you could take 760,000 showers or fill up about 57 Olympic size swimming pools with all that water.
This isn't the first time someone has urinated in the Mount Tabor Reservoir. It happened back in 2011. Also, in 2008, a man and woman were caught skinny dipping in the reservoir.
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