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Old 04-18-2014, 01:41 AM
 
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We're talking a few ounces of urine in 38 million gallons of water. Even though the water had been treated already, there are probably more parts per million of other icky things in that reservoir.
I mean REALLY!!!! The damned reservoir is an open one. One bladder full of pee is nothing compared to bird crap, dead insects, etc. etc. that are already in it. As long as the water meets the tests for being potable that's all that matters.

Charge the yahoo, sure. But dump all that water!!!! What crankery.
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Old 04-18-2014, 06:21 AM
 
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I wondered the same thing about the animals. I also wondered why treated water was so easily accessible to the public.

It is already treated, so I assume it is ready to send to homes, but why is it out in the open like that? I wonder if there was some misinformation in the story. If it was treated, it should have been in an enclosed tank. If it was untreated, it wouldn't have needed to be dumped.
My feeling is, it is PR. People in the surrounding towns were probably in an uproar, so they agreed to empty it to calm people down.
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Old 04-18-2014, 06:26 AM
 
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Would they do the same if someone dropped birth control pill in the water?
Many municipal water supplies carry quite high levels of estrogen from the urine of women taking birth control pills. It's difficult to filter out pharmaceuticals, and most municipal systems don't do it.
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Old 04-18-2014, 06:29 AM
 
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I can hear it now.

PARENT: What in God's name were you thinking!!!!???

TEENAGER: I don't know.

Because whenever any parent of a teenager asks why the kid in question does something incredibly stupid, they can't actually explain why they did it.
That's a difference between girls and boys. Most teenaged girls can explain in detail exactly why they did it. Their fact will be wrong and their logic will be hopelessly screwed up, but they can explain exactly why they did it.
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Old 04-18-2014, 06:30 AM
 
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People who don't want to use plastic bottles
La Croix water...comes in aluminum cans.
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Old 04-18-2014, 06:47 AM
 
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Insane. I heard on the radio yesterday from our local "Lake Detective", also known as Steve McComas, owner of St. Paul-based Blue Water Science, that it was not necessary to drain the water. That amount of urine in 38 million gallons of water would not even be detectable. Insane and wasteful.
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Old 04-18-2014, 07:10 AM
 
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My feeling is, it is PR. People in the surrounding towns were probably in an uproar, so they agreed to empty it to calm people down.
This ^
The idiots took video or pictures of themselves doing this. Although weirdly enough the first idiot peed in the reservoir and THEN his friends went for a swim.

Oh and from the Washington Post -
"Portland’s water system delivers drinking water to about 935,000 people. There are five uncovered drinking water reservoirs in Portland, three of them at Mount Tabor Park. This particular reservoir is going to be disconnected at the end of 2015 due to an Environmental Protection Agency rule saying that drinking water had to be kept in covered reservoirs. All of Portland’s uncovered reservoirs will be discontinued by the end of 2020."

I would go for beer and wine until 2020 if I lived in Portland.
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Old 04-18-2014, 08:57 AM
 
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who cares about a measly 38 gallons of water?
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Old 04-18-2014, 09:13 AM
 
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Imbeciles.

Who drinks tap water any more?

Most people. Bottle water is generally tap water too.
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Old 04-18-2014, 09:23 AM
 
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Just came from the store. One Pur replacement filter is the same price as a three pack of Brita filters.
I've been buying Pur filters on ebay for ~$10 shipped, if not less, for years. You're comparing the Brita pitcher filter (40 gallons) to the Pur faucet filter (100 gallons). The Brita faucet filter is within a buck or two of the Pur, at retail.
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