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Pennsylvania water plant employee charged with peeing into water supply

Paul Herb was charged with tampering with a public water system, institutional vandalism and criminal mischief.
By Evan Bleier Follow @itishowitis Contact the Author   |   June 16, 2014 at 1:35 PM
SCHUYLKILL COUNTY, Pa., June 16 (UPI) -- Schuylkill County residents may want to think twice about drinking the water after a Pennsylvania water plant employee was charged with urinating into a filtering unit while he was at work back in April.

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.

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