While California is suffering from a three-year-long drought, a maintenance planner thought it was a good idea to pee in a reservoir that provides drinking water to the entire San Francisco Bay Area.
An anonymous complaint was filed against Martin Sanchez for urinating in the 674-million-gallon basin early last month and San Francisco Public Utilities Commission has confirmed the incident just recently.
Luckily, the water manager’s misconduct does not pose an imminent public health risk as the reservoir was mostly empty; it was drained for some maintenance work, which is probably why this man was there in the first place.
However, Sanchez is currently facing disciplinary action and might be punished with a week-long unpaid suspension. It is also pertinent to mention that this act has already cost him the promotion he was in line for.
The Priest Reservoir is located at the Sierra Nevada foothills where San Francisco's major water supply comes from.
Last year, in a similar incident, Portland had to flush off 38 million gallons of drinkable water after a 19-year-old was caught urinating in it.
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