In a post entitled “Portland reservoir urination raises few health or scientific concerns — but it is pee,” The Oregonian reported that a 21-year-old man’s reservoir micturation, also caught on tape, led the city to drain almost 8 million gallons of water in 2011.
The Oregonian reported the 2011 incident cost the city more than $36,000. Shaff told Reuters the cost of this incident would be “several thousand dollars” — though the amount of water drained is reportedly almost five times greater than in the 2011 incident.
In 2011, a health official told The Oregonian that citizens shouldn’t worry about wee-wee.
Dr. Gary Oxman — the Multnomah County health officer who advises officials on infectious diseases such as salmonella, hepatitis and H1N1 — said the average bladder holds 6 to 8 ounces of urine and would be vastly diluted in a reservoir.“The health risk associated with that is really, really tiny,” he said. But because of concerns about the unknown objects, he did say draining the water is “an appropriate thing to do.”