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(Salon)   Portland flushed 38 million gallons of drinking water, thanks to a single dick   (salon.com) divider line 133
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2014-04-17 12:24:58 PM
"You mean water, like from the toilet?"

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2014-04-17 01:46:06 PM
It seems odd that they store treated water -ready to deliver to customers- in open, uncovered ponds.

Sure, one guy peeing in 38 million gallons isn't a hazard. But lord knows what else gets in there.
 
2014-04-17 01:49:26 PM

the_rev: It seems odd that they store treated water -ready to deliver to customers- in open, uncovered ponds.

Sure, one guy peeing in 38 million gallons isn't a hazard. But lord knows what else gets in there.


That's what I was thinking. I'd worry a lot more about the goose poop than the human piss.
 
2014-04-17 01:52:03 PM
Sounds like a gross over reaction. And speaking of gross over reactions, in many states public urination gets you put on the sex offenders registry. Have fun going around telling all your neighbors you're a registered sex offender every time you move.
 
2014-04-17 02:08:20 PM
It was all that pickling.
 
2014-04-17 02:08:31 PM
Bird poop? Keep drinking it. One bladder full of piss? DRAIN THE LAKE!!!
 
2014-04-17 02:10:01 PM
Couldn't it be used for crops or something?
 
2014-04-17 02:10:10 PM
AMHBI
 
2014-04-17 02:10:38 PM
Piss is sterile.  Unless you're sick in which case it may have some bugs.  They should have tested the guy for any illnesses first.  Then kicked him in the nuts for pissing in the water storage facility.
 
2014-04-17 02:10:42 PM
"The urine poses little risk - animals routinely deposit waste without creating a public health crisis - but [Water Bureau Administrator David] Shaff said he doesn't want to serve water that was deliberately tainted. "

Wut?
 
2014-04-17 02:11:59 PM

AeAe: Piss is sterile.  Unless you're sick in which case it may have some bugs.  They should have tested the guy for any illnesses first.  Then kicked him in the nuts for pissing in the water storage facility.


Piss isn't sterile. It is when it leaves the kidneys but after that...
 
2014-04-17 02:13:07 PM
repeat from every freaking year here
to be followed by discussion of capping the reservoir
to be followed by not capping the reservoir
to be followed by freak out of someone pissing in the reservoir
 
2014-04-17 02:13:27 PM
Typical Portland behavior from all parties involved.

/Yes, there is lots of water here
// suck it California
 
2014-04-17 02:13:53 PM

Devo: Couldn't it be used for crops or something?


No, then you wont buy water from us.
 
2014-04-17 02:14:15 PM

MilesTeg: "The urine poses little risk - animals routinely deposit waste without creating a public health crisis - but [Water Bureau Administrator David] Shaff said he doesn't want to serve water that was deliberately tainted. "

Wut?


You know.  He's a retard.
 
2014-04-17 02:15:35 PM
Never touch the stuff.

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2014-04-17 02:16:23 PM
Is it locally sourced water?
 
2014-04-17 02:16:33 PM
Peeing in reservoirs is so OVER!

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2014-04-17 02:17:03 PM
Idiotic overreaction. Thousands of birds, ducks, and geese pee in it every day and it's not flushed.
 
2014-04-17 02:18:03 PM

Lando Lincoln: the_rev: It seems odd that they store treated water -ready to deliver to customers- in open, uncovered ponds.

Sure, one guy peeing in 38 million gallons isn't a hazard. But lord knows what else gets in there.

That's what I was thinking. I'd worry a lot more about the goose poop than the human piss.


Not to mention fish fark in there.
 
2014-04-17 02:18:05 PM
It's just a hard line between deliberate and non-intentional contamination. You can saw pee is ok, but what about poop, or syringes or acid. If it's deliberate, they drain it. Seems wasteful but it makes sense.
 
2014-04-17 02:21:32 PM

detroitdoesntsuckthatbad: acid.


In 38 million gallons of water? Are you a homeopath?
 
2014-04-17 02:23:13 PM
Can't they just get a big Britta filter?
 
2014-04-17 02:25:26 PM

Russ1642: AeAe: Piss is sterile.  Unless you're sick in which case it may have some bugs.  They should have tested the guy for any illnesses first.  Then kicked him in the nuts for pissing in the water storage facility.

Piss isn't sterile. It is when it leaves the kidneys but after that...


Well.. I'm still going to drink it.
 
2014-04-17 02:26:35 PM

detroitdoesntsuckthatbad: Seems wasteful but it makes sense.


No, it doesn't.  It's for show.  It's sanitation theater.
 
2014-04-17 02:26:48 PM

the_rev: It seems odd that they store treated water -ready to deliver to customers- in open, uncovered ponds.

Sure, one guy peeing in 38 million gallons isn't a hazard. But lord knows what else gets in there.


Welcome to the mind of the masses.  People are absolutely retarded about water contamination.  I used to live in a county that got their water from a man-made lake.  They allow boating but humans are forbidden to touch the water.  They allow fishing and stock the lake with fish but humans are forbidden to touch the water.  Fish live, shiat, and die in the lake but humans are forbidden to touch it.  Animals piss, shiat, and die in the lake but humans are forbidden to touch it.  And this is pre-treated.  It gets thoroughly treated before it goes into the water system.  About every 10 years, a rumor gets started that a body was dumped in the lake and the local morons flip their shiat and demand that the county stop getting drinking water from the lake forever.

People are idiots and the government has to pander to he lowest common denominator.
 
2014-04-17 02:27:22 PM
i have to admit, i'm a little concerned with the design here.  why clean up the water first, and then let it sit out in the open?  shouldn't that process be reversed?
 
2014-04-17 02:28:40 PM
Gee, if I were some asshole hell bent on causing mass illness...
 
2014-04-17 02:31:14 PM

Sgygus: detroitdoesntsuckthatbad: Seems wasteful but it makes sense.

No, it doesn't.  It's for show.  It's sanitation theater.


Maybe - but it prevents a policy where pee is ok but someone throwing gallons of (item X) into the water is not. If you make a rule that deliberate contamination results in draining and refilling then no one gets to make arbitrary and possibly controversial decisions on what is allowed in our water. Thankfully their covering these per federal regulations so hopefully this will soon become a thing of the past.
 
2014-04-17 02:31:37 PM
california will gladly take that water.
 
2014-04-17 02:31:51 PM
they should have made him drink it all as punishment.
 
2014-04-17 02:32:00 PM

detroitdoesntsuckthatbad: Sgygus: detroitdoesntsuckthatbad: Seems wasteful but it makes sense.

No, it doesn't.  It's for show.  It's sanitation theater.

Maybe - but it prevents a policy where pee is ok but someone throwing gallons of (item X) into the water is not. If you make a rule that deliberate contamination results in draining and refilling then no one gets to make arbitrary and possibly controversial decisions on what is allowed in our water. Thankfully their covering these per federal regulations so hopefully this will soon become a thing of the past.


*They're

I'm dumb.
 
2014-04-17 02:32:18 PM

pute kisses like a man: i have to admit, i'm a little concerned with the design here.  why clean up the water first, and then let it sit out in the open?  shouldn't that process be reversed?


Yeah, but that would cost money, so...
 
2014-04-17 02:33:42 PM
Luckily move stars of the early 40s didn't use the bathroom -- otherwlise Gram's stories of big chunks in the drinking water around Disney Studios would be true.

scienceblogs.com
 
2014-04-17 02:34:11 PM

detroitdoesntsuckthatbad: no one gets to make arbitrary and possibly controversial decisions


You don't think this is arbitrary...and possibly controversial?

Is there a hook hanging out of the side of my mouth?
 
2014-04-17 02:35:34 PM
According to the Portland Water Bureau website, A penny will buy you 2.17 gallons.

So send this asshole a water bill for $175K and call it good.
=Smidge=
 
2014-04-17 02:37:27 PM

Lando Lincoln: the_rev: It seems odd that they store treated water -ready to deliver to customers- in open, uncovered ponds.

Sure, one guy peeing in 38 million gallons isn't a hazard. But lord knows what else gets in there.

That's what I was thinking. I'd worry a lot more about the goose poop than the human piss.


^^^  Yup  ^^^
 
2014-04-17 02:38:11 PM

pute kisses like a man: i have to admit, i'm a little concerned with the design here.  why clean up the water first, and then let it sit out in the open?  shouldn't that process be reversed?


Yep.  Or put the clean water in a covered, protected container so people can't fark with it.
 
2014-04-17 02:39:36 PM

Smidge204: According to the Portland Water Bureau website, A penny will buy you 2.17 gallons.

So send this asshole a water bill for $175K and call it good.
=Smidge=


Wow. And the farkers down the road selling well water straight from the ground take .25/gallon.
 
Ant
2014-04-17 02:40:33 PM
Maybe they believe in homeopathy. Thanks to the "fact" that water has a memory, that water (and all water, actually) is now homeopathic piss.
 
2014-04-17 02:41:46 PM
Again?
 
2014-04-17 02:42:08 PM
He should have thrown some pennies in the water.  You know those pennies have been up somebody's ass.
 
2014-04-17 02:43:43 PM

inner ted: repeat from every freaking year here
to be followed by discussion of capping the reservoir
to be followed by not capping the reservoir
to be followed by freak out of someone pissing in the reservoir


This.... pretty sure this is the 3rd time I've ready this on Fark
 
2014-04-17 02:43:47 PM

detroitdoesntsuckthatbad: Sgygus: detroitdoesntsuckthatbad: Seems wasteful but it makes sense.

No, it doesn't.  It's for show.  It's sanitation theater.

Maybe - but it prevents a policy where pee is ok but someone throwing gallons of (item X) into the water is not. If you make a rule that deliberate contamination results in draining and refilling then no one gets to make arbitrary and possibly controversial decisions on what is allowed in our water. Thankfully their covering these per federal regulations so hopefully this will soon become a thing of the past.


You see, humans have higher brain function that allows us to do amazing things, like deduction and reasoning. That makes hardline, all-or-nothing policies on pretty much anything a total waste.

The city should have performed a water quality analysis post "contamination" and compared it to the other samples analyzed on a periodic basis. No changes, no need to waste 38 million gallons of water.

So yes, this is sanitation theater performed to ward off any potential lawsuits about little Suzie getting autism because she ingested somebody's pee pee.
 
2014-04-17 02:43:54 PM

the_rev: It seems odd that they store treated water -ready to deliver to customers- in open, uncovered ponds.


It's Portlandia, we do things differently here.
 
2014-04-17 02:46:22 PM
This is Portland, where 38 million gallons of water can be replenished by Mother Nature in a day or two.
 
2014-04-17 02:46:45 PM
Are we SURE salon didn't decide to get into the satire business?
 
2014-04-17 02:46:52 PM

Smidge204: According to the Portland Water Bureau website, A penny will buy you 2.17 gallons.

So send this asshole a water bill for $175K and call it good.
=Smidge=


This hasn't been pressurized (pumped) into the distribution system yet, so not quite apples and apples here.

Most municipal water system costs on the O&M side are pumping and energy costs.  Get you point, though.
 
2014-04-17 02:47:08 PM

inner ted: repeat from every freaking year here
to be followed by discussion of capping the reservoir
to be followed by not capping the reservoir
to be followed by freak out of someone pissing in the reservoir


Yeah, this is getting old. I'm beginning to get the opinion that Portland City Council members should be in jail. PDX has been dragging their feet forever on covering these reservoirs.

It's even dumber than any part of the Fluoride debate.
 
2014-04-17 02:48:20 PM
Certification: All the water in this reservoir has been passed by the Water Bureau Administrator.
 
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