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What’s REALLY in Our Drinking Water?

Portland, Oregon is dumping 38 million gallons of water after a teenager peed into an open reservoir. The public is outraged, and the city decided it’s the right decision, but is the water actually still safe to drink? Trace did some digging to figure out if this is really a safety hazard, and figure out what else is likely in the Mt. Tabor Reservoir.

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Portland has a schedule to replace its open finished drinking water reservoirs with enclosed storage by December 31, 2020
“A finished drinking water reservoir contains water that has been through all the treatment steps required by the federal Safe Drinking Water Act and can be delivered to the public without further treatment.”

One Man’s Pee Pushes Portland To Flush 38 Million Gallons Of Water
“Though they concede it’s unlikely the public was endangered, officials in Portland, Ore., have decided to drain 38 million gallons of water from a reservoir after a young man was observed urinating into it on Wednesday.”

Oregon Drought Watch

Here’s How Long That Teen Would Have to Pee in the Portland Reservoir to Make It Unsafe to Drink
“A teenager urinated into one of the city’s drinking water reservoirs the other day. That’s gross, sure, and aggravating—what a brat!”

What Contaminates Are in Water
“The sources of drinking water generally include rivers, lakes, streams, ponds, reservoirs, springs, and wells.”

Portland’s Water System

Drinking Water Contaminants
“National Primary Drinking Water Regulations (NPDWRs or primary standards) are legally enforceable standards that apply to public water systems.”

Portland, Ore., is dumping 38 million gallons of drinking water because of a urinating teenager.\
“It took one teenager urinating in a reservoir for the city of Portland, Ore., to dump enough water to fill about 57 Olympic-size swimming pools, even though the water was deemed to be safe.”

Portland will flush 38 million gallons of water after man urinates in Mt. Tabor Reservoir

“Portland administrators will flush 38 million gallons of water from Mt. Tabor Reservoir 5 after a 19-year-old man urinated in the city’s drinking supply.”

Bottled Water Regulation and the FDA
“Bottled water is an increasingly popular beverage in the U.S. Total U.S. bottled water sales have grown from roughly 6% to more than 13% per year over the last five years, according to data from and from the Beverage Marketing Corp (BMC).”

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39 Responses to "What’s REALLY in Our Drinking Water?"

  1. zero says:

    Why didn't they mention fluoride? It's probably the most harmful thing that's in most of the US's drinking water. This video seems like just a distraction from the real issue

  2. Yewon2001 says:

    Wait so that water in the reservoir goes directly to us?? I thought it was cleaned prior to it being shipped to us?

  3. drone306 says:

    Everyone needs to go right now and get a propur G2.0 Water filtration system. It removes 99.99999% of contaminents such as: radioactive material, heavy metals, and flouride.

  4. Anne Mosfet says:

    You people and your pee. look here
    Our water in Portland, Oregon is gravity fed from a lake in the middle of a forest the size of Portland. There are no filters, no pumps. They do pour in chlorine at one pipe and ammonia at another pipe to cancel out the chlorine .  It is a very very clean source of water. Do you have any idea how many animals shit in it and the source has been just fine for over 100 years.   Where you live, and where most people live, municipal water is taken from a polluted river, filtered and distributed to public, only problem is that there are trace amounts of birth control, medication, pcb's, insecticides, things people flush down the toilet and comes out a sewage discharge pipe upstream, chemicals that combine to make dangerous chemicals or have interactions with the newer plastic pipes at various locations,  these dont get filtered out and nobody funds tests to see the longterm effect of this process.  You water-phobes don't understand how the system works. You're willing to make the system dirty and drink someone elses upstream pee and chemicals instead of natural minerals.  Keep this up and the guy who owns the willyville Willamette water plant will hook his facility to Portland, when you allow him to get his way with you. You'll be drinking newbergs sewage discharge pipe. gross.

  5. Lee Hodge says:

    Bullshit ..they didnt dump 38mil gallons of water …

  6. Jason Rogalski says:

    Add a second fence…easy & cheap. 

  7. Erin Murphy says:

    Makes me want to go pee in Portland's water. This is what happens when pseudoscientific hippies run government.

  8. shaggy5777 says:

    Another Toxic Chemical that is in our drinking water is fluoride! Fluoride is highly toxic to the human body and the federal gov't forces us to put it in our water! If you don't believe me compare fluoride toothpaste to non-fluoride toothpaste! Fluoride toothpaste: has warnings to contact poison control if swallowed! Non-fluoride toothpaste: has no warnings what so ever plus usually says on the container safe to swallow!

  9. Kaya McCalmon says:


  10. ytubeanon says:

    Hey Portland, it's called a fence, build one.

  11. Andy C says:

    What is the best way to clean water?

  12. NordicGameplays says:

    wtf America, you never ceases to amaze me with your stupidity. In Norway we only have closed reservoir and big cleaning facilities so there is no contamination in the water.

  13. liam bramley says:

    USA is a joke as always. You can drink your urine and it's actually good for you! haha. So some other body's pee ain't gonna hurt ya.

  14. Dementia Armand says:

    Wow.  That is just…. mind boggling.  For pee?  Really? 

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  17. Miikhiel Aali says:

    "What would you do with all that H20?"
    Use it to somehow make more.

  18. ProtagonistNonTheist says:

    I only drink bottled water. Poland Springs, to be precise.

  19. John Walker says:

    who the heck peas in a reswivwere if I spelled it right ? and don't get me started on skinny  dipping

  20. dd1987x says:

    If you believe in homeopathy, water has memory and you are consuming anything that has ever come into contact with that aqua. Hahahahaha.

    I honestly don't give a shit and was drinking a glass of tap water while watching this. Honestly, in other countries they drink water no where near as clean as ours. If this "contamination" bothers you, remember that it's only because you've grown up with privilege. 
    chugs a glass of water Mmmmm

  21. Practically HD says:

    omg ahhahahahah

  22. Joe Fraire says:

    2 sec

  23. Zac Little says:

    You made me lol. thank you needed that from a long day!

  24. Eric Turner says:

    you cheated

  25. Nate Gasque says:

    Hahahahahahahaha mmm laughing at other peoples mistakes it makes me feel better about my self

  26. Skye Mills says:


  27. NRC Legend says:

    KOSDFF son

  28. Miguel ramirez says:

    mi no rikey

  29. E Smith says:

    Young males. Absolute experts in dumb, pointless and stupid. 

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  33. Zoey Robinson says:

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  35. nathan king says:

    Plz DO the ghost pepper challenge. :)

  36. The Illuminati says:

    I have an urge to try this now.

  37. raaquya smith says:

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