Portland Won't Flush Reservoir Water Tainted by Teen Piss, After All

The subject of the best interview of all time can now rest easy: The city of Portland has reversed course and decided not to flush more than 35 million gallons of treated water that a teenager allegedly pissed in last month. Instead, officials transferred the water to another reservoir, where it will be used as a pond-like "water feature."

Last month, 18-year-old Dallas Swonger made national headlines after he allegedly urinated into Reservoir 5 near Mount Tabor Park, where he'd been skateboarding with friends. The alleged pissing, caught on video, led to a decision by Portland's Water Bureau Administrator David Shaff to dump all 35 million gallons into the sewer. Protests ensued and—for now at least—the water won't go to waste.

But it won't go to customers. The water was transferred from Reservoir 5 to to the decommissioned Reservoir 6, where it will be observed to see if it can stay clear of algae and pollutants long enough to serve as a sort of pond in Mount Tabor Park.

"We've decided to keep it there to see how long we can keep it clear," Water Bureau spokeswoman Jaymee Cuti told KGW-TV.

No word on the decision yet from alleged reservoir urinator Swonger, though he was critical of the city's initial decision to flush the water.

"Yeah, it's fucking retarded dude," he told Vocativ last month."Like, how they can do that? How can they be like, 'Yeah, we're gonna flush all that water.' Dude, I've seen dead birds in there. During the summer time I've see hella dead animals in there. Like dead squirrels and shit. I mean, really, dude?"

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