21 Jun '11, 3am

Portland Drains 8 Million Gallon Reservoir After Man is Caught Peeing In It

The city ordered the discharge, and the ill-fated pee break is going to cost some $34,000. Which probably makes it one of the more expensive urination sessions to have graced Portland recently. But what amuses me most is the fact that even now, when we understand so well the composition of things like urine -- specifically, that it's almost certainly entirely, absolutely harmless in such minuscule quantities (and typically, in any quantity, since urine is sterile in healthy people) -- we're so quick to dispose of perfectly good resources so as not to offend anyone's delicate sensibilities. The Straits Times reports : urine is sterile in healthy people and ... the urine in the reservoir was so diluted - perhaps a quarter of a litre in millions of litres - that it posed little risk. Some people in the city, in the suburbs and around the world called the flush an overreaction...

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