After bright fuchsia water began flowing from their sinks, showers and toilets recently, shocked residents of the small town Onoway, in Alberta, Canada demanded some answers. Without warning, people in the town of approximately 1,000 were faced with the frightening dilemma of whether or not the water was a safety hazard.
Residents took to social media to post images of the bright pink water in hopes of finding some answers as soon as possible. “My water is broken. Thanks Town of Onoway,” Trevor Winfield said, along with a posted photo on Facebook.
Onoway Resident Susan Amerongen Posted This Pic On Twitter Of The Pink Water
Mayor Dale Krasnow was alerted of the situation and admitted the city could have done a better job of informing its residents. In a statement, he went on to say that although the pink water was alarming, it was actually safe.
The cause? Apparently, the pink color developed when a valve was stuck in one of the main city water pipes and an excess amount of potassium permanganate leaked into the water system.
People Were Told To Run Their Water And Flush Their Toilets Until The Color Was Clear Again
The mayor further stated: “”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.”
Trevor Was Stunned By The Suspicious Color Flowing From His Pipes
My water is broken. Thanks town of Onoway
Nai-post ni Trevor Winfield noong Lunes, Marso 6, 2017
Although some residents were hyper-vigilant about not touching or drinking the water, others simply shrugged it off and went about their day.