Paul Herb allegedly peed into a filter while he was working for the Schuylkill County Municipal Authority. The SCMA treats drinking water for people living in the area around Pottsville.
According to an incident report, the SCMA's chief water operator was at the Indian Run Water Treatment Plant in Branch Township helping Herb fix valves when he observed the 52-year-old urinate into the water supply.
"Upon entering the filtering room...the Chief Water Operator observed the accused urinating into filter unit # 2," the Allentown Morning Call reported.
Herb was charged Monday with tampering with a public water system, institutional vandalism and criminal mischief.
In addition to Pottsville, the Indian Run plant provides water to Forest Hills, Bunker Hill and Mt. Carbon.