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Eight million gallon reservoir drained after drinker's late night pee

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Bull-Run-Lake-PortlandEIGHT million gallons of water was drained from a US reservoir after a boozed-up man urinated in it.


Jason Seater, 21, had been out drinking with pals when he was caught on CCTV urinating in the lake in Portland, Oregon, at 1.30am.

Officials immediately ordered the entire reservoir to be drained at a cost of £22,000 ($36,000).

Health experts say the move was ridiculous but David Shaff, an administrator at the Portland Water Bureau, defended the decision and said: “There are people who will say it's an over reaction. I don't think so. I think what you have to deal with here is the 'yuck' factor.

“I can imagine how many people would be saying 'I made orange juice with that water this morning.' "Do you want to drink pee? Most people are going to be pretty damn squeamish about that.”

Seater has not been arrested but could be fined.

He said: “It was a stupid thing to do. I didn't know it was a water supply, I thought it was a sewage plant.

“I'm willing to do community service to clean up the place because I feel bad and feel pretty stupid.”

Sergeant Pete Simpson, of Portland Police, added: “It's really an unfortunate incident that probably could have been avoided if he had just chosen a bush.”

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