Small Town In Alberta, Canada Wakes Up To Florescent Pink Tap Water

A water treatment plant in Onoway, Alberta accidentally turned the water supply pink on Monday, March 6th. The culprit? Potassium permanganate, a chemical commonly used in water treatment plants to remove iron and hydrogen sulphide from water.

Large amounts of potassium permanganate was released into the water slide after a valve malfunctioned during a line flushing procedure.

Residents were shocked the the color and complained to the town office about why they were not warned about the strange color and what caused it.

However, the water treatment plant found the cause of the problem and fixed it as fast as possible.

However, what most people do not know is that potassium permanganate can cause mild to severe skin irritation on contact. It can also cause severe gastrointestinal distress, burning, and throat swelling if swallowed. The town believes the potassium permanganate was diluted enough to not cause any harm, but residents stayed away from it anyway.

Learn more below!

Sources:
BBC
Livestrong

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