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Mt_Tabor_Park_reservoir_-_Portland_OregonSpiroFlo covers Portland’s decision to drain 38 million gallons of water after a teenager urinated in the reservoir.

Place your hands on your stomach.

You, my friend, are holding a biological weapon—enough to disrupt a year’s worth of drinking water for over 655,000 people.* We know this because a 19-year-old teenager recently peed in the Portland reservoir and the city has decided to drain all 38 million gallons from Reservoir 5 at Mt. Tabor Park:

The risk to the public would have been slight if the urination had gone unnoticed, but water bureau administrator David Shaff said the water bureau “won’t serve purposely tainted drinking water to the public.”

“Our customers have an expectation that their water is not deliberately contaminated. We have the ability to meet that expectation while minimizing public health concerns,” Shaff said in a statement.

While “the solution to pollution is dilution” is not a statement I’m a fan of, it does apply here. I get it; it’s gross some idiot peed in there, but let’s face it, this isn’t the first person to pee into Mt. Tabor Park. Hey look, it isn’t: in 2011, they drained nearly 8 million gallons of drinking water over the same thing. While we’re dealing with the reality of a critical water shortage in 2020, they can’t wait on a water test coming back as good enough.

EDIT: A commenter noted that they water was scheduled to be drained and the reservoir cleaned in three weeks anyway. 

What do I mean by good enough? Is now a bad time to mention:

  • Wildlife poops in the water!
  • Bugs die in the water!
  • Fish have sex in the water! Crazy gross fish sex!
  • And we’re still learning about this ickyness

All this is to say, most sane people recognize why this is a bad idea, but whatever. Enjoy your safe, poopy, dead bug, fish sex water.

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*38 million gallons divided by the 54 gallons of water a year average consumed per person.

Colin McKay Miller is the VP of Marketing for the SpiroFlo Holdings group of companies:

SpiroFlo for residential hot water savings (delivered 35% faster with up to a 5% volume savings on every hot water outlet in the home), industrial water purification (biofilm removal), and reduced water pumping costs.

Vortex Tools for extending the life of oil and gas wells (recovering up to 10 times more NGLs, reducing flowback startup times, replacing VRUs, eliminating paraffin and freezing in winter, etc.).

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Boom CoverEver wanted to ask a fracking expert a question? Now’s your chance. As in: right now.

Today, Wall Street Journal senior energy reporter and author of The Boom: How Fracking Ignited the American Energy Revolution and Changed the World Russell Gold is hosting an ‘Ask Me Anything’ on Reddit. You can connect with him here.

While the archive should remain active for a little while, these ‘Ask Me Anything” opportunities only last for a day… or until the participant gets fried by e-wave upon e-wave of questioning — note: it’s usually the latter.

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Colin McKay Miller is the VP of Marketing for the SpiroFlo Holdings group of companies:

SpiroFlo for residential hot water savings (delivered 35% faster with up to a 5% volume savings on every hot water outlet in the home), industrial water purification (biofilm removal), and reduced water pumping costs.

Vortex Tools for extending the life of oil and gas wells (recovering up to 10 times more NGLs, reducing flowback startup times, replacing VRUs, eliminating paraffin and freezing in winter, etc.).

Ecotech for cost-effective non-thermal drying (for biosolids, sugar beets, dairy waste, etc.) and safe movement of materials (including potash and soda ash).

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