Portland Oregon is always ranked at number one or close to number one when studies are done on America's Greenest cities. "Portland's earnest focus on embracing nature and eating local has earned its reputation as one of the greenest cities in America. From recycling to carpooling to LEED-certified buildings, Portland's efforts should make other cities hang their heads in shame.
Oregon's largest city uses 20 percent more renewable energy than the national average; it was one of the first cities to ban plastic bags. Info graphic at the link.
However it does appear as though Portland wastes a lot of water. Officials there plan to flush out 38 million gallons of water after a kid was thought to have peed into the city's water reservoir. 3 years ago the city drained another reservoir of 8 million gallons after a man peed in it. But here's the thing. Portland's water supply reservoirs are not covered and strange things end up in Portland’s water supply all the time, with minimal risk or impact to users. Birds poop in it, small animals swim in it, pollen blows into it and on and on.
How about this? Cover the water reservoirs as the EPA recommends.
Where will these 38 million gallons of water go? Into the sewer drains. The city's water administrator said the city has plenty of water and draining the 38 million gallons won't interrupt service or strain supply. It's easy to replace those 38 million gallons of water," Shaff said. "We're not in the arid Southwest; we're not in drought-stricken parts of Texas or Oklahoma."
Portland may be the greenest city in America, but in this case they're all wet.