Canadian town sorry for pink tap water

Residents in one central Alberta town woke up to pink water running from their taps on Tuesday.

Residents of a town in Canada saw something surprising drip out of their tap water faucets this week - pink water.

"Yesterday, during normal line flushing and filter backwashing, a valve seems to have stuck open allowing potassium permanganate to get into the sump reservoir", the town said, according to CBC.

Gross! Residents were frustrated with the town's lack of official communication, but the water was eventually deemed safe by Alberta's environment agency.

Town Mayor Dale Krasnow maintained that the water was safe and the public was not at risk and blamed the odd color on a stuck valve in the town's water distribution center. "Thanks Town of Onoway", resident Trevor Winfield wrote on Facebook.

The reservoir had been drained yet some of the potassium permanganate - commonly incorporated in treatment processes to remove iron and manganese - still made its way into the water system, the statement read further.

The town has nearly 1,000 people living in it, many of whom refused to drink the water while it was pink.

Potassium permanganate is widely used to remove bad taste and odours from drinking water.

Imagine turning the tap and having neon pink liquid pour out instead of clear water. "Absolutely, without a doubt", said Krasnow.

"It started out with my neighbour asking me if I had pink water, and I'm like "I don't think so", Vicki Van Zanten Heale said. "And we do apologize for that".

"Individuals with sensitive skin may wish to use an alternate source of water for bathing, at this time, due to small but potential risk for temporary skin irritation", AHS spokeswoman Shannon Evans said in an email. But I'm sure other people had issues'. "Her reason? "[The water] was very, very pink".

  • Lila Blake