Tap water turns pink in Onoway, Alberta

Mar 09, 2017, 00:30
Tap water turns pink in Onoway, Alberta

Starting on Monday afternoon, Onoway residents discovered bright pink water coming out of their taps.

The color change was due to an issue at a water treatment plant in Onoway, a town of about a 1,000 residents, BuzzFeed reports.

He said the pink colour was a side-effect of potassium permanganate, a common chemical used in water treatment.

The town office said the chemical got into the reservoir when a valve malfunctioned during "normal line flushing and filter backwashing".

Town officials say a chemical used during routine maintenance caused turned the community's water pink.

"I offer a honest apology that we didn't get something out there, at least to say: "Your water is pink", Onoway mayor Dale Krasnow said, adding that they didn't want to issue an official statement until they had all of the facts.

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Bright pink water has flushed out of a Canadian town's water system. Onoway has since drained its reservoir and is reportedly flushing its distribution system.

"We ask all residents and businesses to leave your tapes [sic] running until your water is clear", said Krasnow, before apologizing that it took the town a day to inform residents what had happened.

According to Krasnow, the water had been treated with potassium permanganate during its filtration process, which can turn water pink in large enough amounts.

It also has pink tap water. "Absolutely, without a doubt", said Krasnow. "This is a situation we can certainly learn from and develop a strategy for better response and communication should we ever face the same or similar situation in the future", he said in his statement.

"This morning when I ran the tub to give [my kids] a bath, I immediately shut that down", she told local news channel News Edmonton.