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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
A picture of a water fountain (CC/Josh)
A picture of a water fountain (CC/Josh)

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.

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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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