PORTLAND, Ore. (PIX11) — A skater accused of urinated in a Portland reservoir forcing city water officials to dump 38 million gallons of drinking water admits he answered nature’s call near the reservoir, but definitely did not pee in the water.
That’s according to an exclusive, expletive-laden interview by Vocativ with teen.
“Everybody thinks it’s funny and a joke and I’m going to be on the news,” Dallas Swonger told the digital newsgathering operation.
“It’s no f—in’ joke, dude. I don’t want people thinkin’ that Dallas is dumb ass because he pissed in the f—in’ water. In our drinking water. Yeah, that’s f—ing awesome. I mean, wouldn’t you be pissed about that?”
Vocativ reports that Swanson had recently moved back to Portland and was skateboarding with friends when he had to go to the bathroom.
It was apparently caught on surveillance cameras — video of which was posted online by The Oregonian — and now the entire 38 million-gallon reservoir is being flushed.
Three years ago, the city drained a 7.5 million-gallon reservoir.
The open reservoirs hold water that’s already been treated and goes directly into mains for distribution to customers.
The urine poses little health risk, but city officials don’t want customers to think the water’s tainted and they have plenty of water to meet demand.
Still, Swonger was adamant that he didn’t do it. And even if he did, he didn’t understand why they would get rid of enough water to fill 57 Olympic-sized pools.
“Like, how they can do that?” he said. “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 s—. I mean, really, dude?”
The reservoir is one of five the city is in the process of replacing with underground storage to comply with federal regulations.