Bright pink water came out of faucet earlier this week in a small Canadian town called Onoway, due to a faulty valve that allow disinfected potassium permanganate into the water supply. The residents were alarmed by the color of the water. Potassium permanganate is a chemical that helps protect are water we drink from minerals to invasive species. Potassium permanganate can be toxic at high concentrations, but no residents were reported harm by this incident, This incident was found out when a resident posted pictures on social media of the bright pink water coming out of their sink, tub, and toilette, were mayor, Dale Krasnow respond to the incident saying, “one we realized this substance had gotten beyond our reservoir and into are distribution lines Public Works immediately commenced flushing of all our distribution lines thought the town,” he post this online followed by “unfortunately our distribution system is a loop system which makes it much more difficult to control and isolate the water flow.” With that Krasnow assured residents their water would be clear up within a few days, also stating ” This situation we can certainly learn from and develop a strategy for better response and communication should we ever face the same or similar situation in the future,” he said.
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