How would you feel if, one day, early in the morning, you would turn on the bathroom’s tap, only to find out that the running water has a pink hue? However improbable this scenario might sound, approximately 1,000 residents of a Canadian Town have had to deal with this issue on Monday. Several social media users have uploaded pictures and short movies depicting the tap water’s odd color. The town’s mayor issued an official apology and declared that the issue would be remedied in a couple of days.
On Monday, the residents of the Canadian town of Onoway have experienced a most peculiar phenomenon. After turning on their water taps, to their astonishment, they saw that the water had a distinctive pink hue.
Alarmed by the fact that regardless how much they’ve kept the tap on the water would still come out pink, the citizens contacted the authorities and demanded an explanation. Of course, some of them chose to take the higher road by snapping pictures and doing little video recordings.
Naturally, the pics and clips depicting the water’s rather whimsical hue ended up on social media channels such as Facebook and Twitter.
During the same day, Dale Krasnow, the Mayor of Onoway, issued an official apology to all the residents affected by the issue and reassured them that the authorities are doing everything they can in order to identify and remedy the issue.
According to the town’s authorities, pink tap mishap affected over 1,000 residents. It took some time, but eventually, the authorities were able to trace down the problem. Krasnow said that at the water distribution and purification plant, one of the valve’s controlling the vats containing the water treatment got stuck.
The result – dozens of gallons of potassium permanganate ended up in the town’s water supply. Commonly used to eliminated manganese and iron from water, potassium permanganate has a spectacular side effect – it turns the water pink.
After a couple of hours, Krasnow announced that the problem has been fixed, meaning that they’ve begun flushing all the water from the distribution line. However, the Mayor said that it would take at least a couple of day for the agent to clear out.
For the time being, residents are asked to keep the taps running as much as they can and, of course, to avoid drinking it. The pink tap water was never a major health concern, Krasnow added, but one can never be too careful.
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