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Deadly parasite found in Portland drinking water

January 12, 2012

PORTLAND, Ore. — A test last week of the drinking water reservoir in Portland, Ore. found that the parasite, cryptosporidium, found over a year ago was still prevalent in the water, according to KATU News.

This happened just before the state was scheduled to decide whether to give a waiver on building a $90 million water treatment plant, stated the article.

“It would just be irrational for anyone to think in an area as large as the Bull Run there aren''t critters that poop in the woods and after a heavy rain you wouldn''t find some residue of that,” said City Commissioner Randy Leonard. “What would be worrisome (is) if you had huge amounts of cryptosporidium in our water supply, and we don''t.”