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Residents of a small Canadian town were shocked to discover bright pink water pouring out from their taps – but officials insisted the liquid was safe to drink.
Instead of crystal clear water, the town of Onoway, Alberta, with nearly 1,000 people, had ‘very, very pink’ liquid gushing out from their sinks on Monday.
Mayor Dale Krasnow said in a statement on Tuesday that ‘there was never a public health risk’ and the strange water was still safe to use.
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Residents of Onoway, Alberta, were shocked to discover bright pink water pouring out from their taps on Monday but officials insisted the liquid was safe to drink on Tuesday
He added: ‘We are still assessing what exactly happened but it appears a valve may have stuck allowing the potassium permanganate to get into our sump reservoir and thereby into the town’s water distribution system.’
Potassium permanganate, also known as potassium salt or KMnO4, is a common inorganic chemical used to treat drinking water in order to remove iron and sulfur odors, according to Yahoo Canada.
It also can be used as a disinfectant and is similar to chlorine.
Residents were baffled by the hue and several documented the unusual occurrence by taking photos and videos, some even storing the water in containers.
Despite officials insisting it was safe, some people weren’t willing to take a chance on the off-colored water, reported Edmonton CTV News.
Vicki Veldhuyzen Van Zanten said she learned of the pink water from her neighbor who called and asked if she noticed the weird liquid, reported TheStar.com.
Residents were baffled by the highlighter hue and several documented the strange occurrence by taking photos and videos, even storing the water in containers
She said at the time it was still running clear but it later ran bright pink from the hot water taps.
Veldhuyzen Van Zanten said to the news outlet: ‘It was very, very pink.
‘It was weird. I just didn’t use it, I had leftovers, I put what we had in the microwave, I didn’t need water to make supper. But I’m sure other people had issues.’
Mayor Kransow said environment officials from Alberta were going to pay a visit to the small town to help fix the situation.