The city of Portland, Oregon recently transferred 38 million gallons of water from an active reservoir, after a teenager allegedly urinated in it on April 16; the tainted water was moved to an empty, inactive holding area, at an estimated cost of $35,000 to taxpayers.
Authority asserts that by implementing a transfer, rather than dumping the water entirely, they will have an opportunity to test if standing water - left unattended - will cleanse itself of impurities; critics quickly labeled the plan a wild overreaction, with some noting that the water had already been tested (before deciding to transfer it), with said-water being deemed safe to drink.
Also cannot BELIEVE that @BloombergNews story referred to Portland's recent 38M gallon reservoir flushing as something even remotely sane.— Neena Satija (@nsatija89) April 22, 2014
Whether the transfer was reasonable or ridiculous is fodder for debate, with many taking to Twitter to do just that; one thing the event has done which cannot be debated away is highlight how precarious security is at water holding facilities, and how vulnerable they could be to a legitimate terrorist attack.
If a meandering 19 year-old can wander into a purportedly secure area and relieve himself, the chance of a pre-planned, coordinated and wide-spread terrorist attack being successful becomes quite plausible; with the potential for large-scale drought ever-present, water reservoirs play a critical role in maintaining basic urban survival, thus such naked weaknesses in security should - at the very least - be viewed as alarming.
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