All the water in this town just turned fluorescent pink
Residents in a small Canadian town got a shock this week when pink water came out of their faucets.
Videos and photos from anxious people in Onoway, Alberta, appeared on social media showing strangely vibrant water pouring from their taps.
The chemical is used widely in the treatment of water to remove iron and the smell of rotten eggs that can arise from other substances present in pipeline networks. During normal line flushing and filter backwashing, a valve appeared to have stuck open, letting the chemical enter the sump reservoir.
Householders said they were afraid to drink the water, fearing it contained unsafe levels of chemicals.
"We do a weekly flush and have done it for years and years, and nothing like this has ever happened before", Onoway Mayor Dale Krasnow said. Trevor Winfield posted a video to Facebook with the message, "My water is broken".
"Potassium permanganate leaked into the distribution system", Krasnow said.
"While it is alarming to see pink water coming from your taps, potassium permanganate is used in normal treatment processes to help remove iron and manganese and residents were never at risk".
It also turns water pink.
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Krasnow said Alberta Environment was notified, and they "proclaimed it was safe".
He added that "there was never a public health risk" and that the town had been working with the province's environment officials.
Veldhuyzen Van Zanten said to the news outlet: 'It was very, very pink.
"And we do apologise for that".
The water was apparently in their toilet bowls, coming out of their taps and there were fears that the strange-looking fluid could be toxic and make people sick.
"The Town of Onoway sincerely apologizes for any alarm this may have caused".
"It was very, very pink".
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