PORTLAND — Three teens are in some trouble after trespassing at the Mount Tabor reservoir early Wednesday morning. One of them took it a step further by relieving himself.
Security cameras recorded a 19-year-old urinating through the fence into the reservoir. He was cited for public urination. Two others, 18 and 19 attempted to climb the iron fence and one actually made it into the reservoir. All three were cited for trespassing and are not allowed back at the park. Police will decide whether to forward the case to the District Attorney’s office for criminal charges.
“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. We will continue to provide our customers with safe, clean and cold Bull Run water,” said Portland Water Bureau Administrator David Shaff.
The city isn’t taking any chances draining about 38 million gallons of water and taking the reservoir offline until tests come back clear for possible contamination later this week. Shaff acknowledges that the risk is slight, but he says they will not serve purposely tainted drinking water to the public.
This is the second time in three years that somebody has urinated into the reservoir. Eight million gallons were drained in 2011 at cost of over $32,000 when a 22-year-old Molalla man did the deed.