The locals of a small town in Alberta, Canada, were a little put off when their drinking water mysteriously turned pink.
Seriously — vivid pink.
The color change was due to an issue at a water treatment plant in Onoway, a town of about a 1,000 residents, BuzzFeed reports.
Onoway mayor Dale Krasnow addressed the problem on the town's website:
"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.
Alberta Environment is coming out this afternoon to review our system with our public works department to try and determine what exactly transpired and what needs to be corrected.
As soon as public works realized we had a problem they immediately commenced action to isolate this issue, which including draining our water reservoir. Once we realized this substance had gotten beyond our reservoir and into our distribution lines Pubic Works immediately commenced flushing of all our distribution lines throughout the Town. Unfortunately our distribution system is a loop system which makes it much more difficult to control and isolate the water flow.
Immediately and throughout this entire process our staff have been in contact with Alberta Environment, and today our discussions have included Alberta Health Services. We were never advised by Alberta Environment to issue a public advisory and all indications are that there was never a public health risk."
Nevertheless, it was still a bizarre time for the townsfolk.
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