UPDATED -- Portland Reservoir Off-Line After Man Cited for Urinating in Water Supply
CORRECTION: The three men were excluded from Mt. Tabor Park for trespassing and one man for public urination.
Surveillance video: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/water/article/487706
The Portland Water Bureau provides the highest quality water, customer service and stewardship of our critical natural resource.
Just after 1 a.m. Wednesday, April 16, 2014, Portland Water Bureau security staff observed on camera three men at Mt. Tabor Reservoir Number 5 in Southeast Portland. A 19-year old man was filmed urinating through the iron fence into the reservoir. Minutes later, the two other men, ages 18 and 19, attempted to scale the fence, with one successfully entering the reservoir.
These actions forced the Water Bureau to immediately take the 50-million gallon Mt. Tabor Reservoir 5 off-line and test for possible contamination.
A Portland Police Bureau officer and Portland Water Bureau ranger quickly responded. The three men were excluded from Mt. Tabor Park for trespassing and one man for public urination. Police will review the surveillance video to determine whether the men will be charged with a crime.
David Shaff, Portland Water Bureau Administrator, reported that about 38-million gallons of drinking water will be discarded and replaced with fresh water from the Bull Run water supply.
Water quality test samples from the reservoir were taken early this morning, with test results due back by Thursday, April 17.
Shaff acknowledged the public health risk is slight, but says that the bureau will not 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," said Shaff. "We will continue to provide our customers with safe, clean and cold Bull Run water."
Video surveillance and reports written by the Portland Police Bureau and the Portland Water Bureau will be submitted to the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office for possible criminal charges.
In 2006, the Environmental Protection Agency announced that all finished drinking water be stored in covered reservoirs. The City of Portland is in the process of complying with this federal mandate and Reservoir 5 on Mt. Tabor is slated to be permanently disconnected by December 31, 2015.
The incident surveillance video has been posted at https://www.portlandoregon.gov/water/article/487706.
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Water Project Construction Impacts SE 67th Avenue at SE Division Street
Scheduled to start on Wednesday, March 26, a contractor for the Portland Water Bureau will install a large water utility vault in SE 67th Avenue at SE Division Street. The work will require that one eastbound lane in SE Division Street be closed around the work zone, between SE 66th and SE 68th avenues.
Traffic on SE 67th Avenue, between SE Division and SE Ivon streets, will be open to local access only. Detour signs will be posted and sidewalks will remain open for pedestrians.
The new water vault - a pre-built concrete structure that will house pipe connections - is part of the water system improvements required to connect the city's new Powell Butte reservoir to the water system. A second vault will be constructed on SE 68th Avenue near SE Division at a later date.
Typically, work hours are 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday. This work is slated for completion in 30 to 45 days. Motorists are encouraged to find alternate routes.
For more project information, visit portlandonline.com/water and click on the Powell Butte Reservoir 2 Project link.