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Canadian town's water supply has turned pink


Posted on Wednesday, 8 March, 2017 | Comment icon 10 comments

Residents uploaded images of the pink water on Facebook and Twitter. Image Credit: Erin Lacey / Facebook
Residents of Onoway, Alberta were alarmed to discover that their tap water was running bright pink.
The peculiar problem began on Monday night when the water supply to around 1,000 homes in the Canadian town of Onoway turned a bright fuchsia color.

The issue was later tracked to a stuck valve at a nearby water treatment plant which had resulted in excessive amounts of potassium permanganate ending up in the town's water supply.


"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," said Mayor Dale Krasnow who was keen to reassure residents that the water was safe to drink.

Images and videos of the strange pink water have since gone viral on social media.

Source: ABC.net.au | Comments (10)

Tags: Canada, Pink, Water

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Summerin1905 on 8 March, 2017, 16:19
maybe the water is trying to make people aware of breast cancer awareness day?
Comment icon #2 Posted by OverSword on 8 March, 2017, 16:31
Wow, that's some scary stuff. Even after it's clear again I would be worried about using it for a while I think. At least the toilets are prettier
Comment icon #3 Posted by Parsec on 8 March, 2017, 19:40
Did the mayor drink a nice huge glass of pink water, just to prove that it's indeed harmless?
Comment icon #4 Posted by paperdyer on 8 March, 2017, 19:44
My son-in-law uses a water softener at his home. He claims the water turns pink if he doesn't. I wonder if it's a similar issue.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Essan on 8 March, 2017, 20:23
How can it turn pink if he doesnt add something to it? Either it is pink to start with, or adding something to it turns it pink. Or does he mean it turns pink on exposure to air?
Comment icon #6 Posted by paperdyer on 8 March, 2017, 21:02
@Essan I really don't know when it turns pink as the water softener is always running when I visit. I thought he meant right out of the tap which sounds like the issue from the article.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Likely Guy on 8 March, 2017, 21:10
Mystery solved! In a statement posted to its Facebook page at 10 a.m. Tuesday, the town said the strange colour was caused by a chemical used during routine flushing of the lines and was not a cause for concern. "Yesterday, during normal line flushing and filter backwashing, a valve seems to have stuck open allowing potassium permanganate to get into the sump reservoir," reads the statement. "The reservoir was drained, however some of the chemical still made it into the distribution system. "While it is alarming to see pink water coming from your taps, potassium permanganate is used in normal ... [More]
Comment icon #8 Posted by cyclopes500 on 8 March, 2017, 22:11
Be careful with potassium permanganate. Mixed with Glyceryine it bursts into flames.
Comment icon #9 Posted by cyclopes500 on 8 March, 2017, 22:14
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kA12Y-B-U08&app=desktop
Comment icon #10 Posted by Sundew on 9 March, 2017, 2:58
Excessive? I can just picture Steve Martin saying, "Do you think so?"


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