We’re so used to turning on the taps at home and seeing perfect water come gushing out that it can be quite a shock when something out of the ordinary happens in this regard. Imagine then the horror of the townsfolk of Onoway in Alberta, Canada, when they turned their taps on to see bright pink water coming out of the faucet!
Apparently, potassium permanganate – which is commonly used to treat water and remove iron and hydrogen sulphide –managed to get into the reservoir after a valve malfunction, the BBC reports. And as a result, the water went from clear to pink.
Town mayor Dale Krasnow was quoted by the news source as saying: “The reservoir was drained, however some of the chemical still made it into the distribution system. While it is alarming to see pink water coming from your taps, potassium permanganate is used in normal treatment processes to help remove iron and manganese, and residents were never at risk.”
In the UK, tests are carried out regularly throughout the year to ensure that people are guaranteed the best quality of water… making tap water the most supervised drink that can be found. According to membership organisation Water UK, in 2014 test results across the UK revealed high compliance rates of 99.96 per cent in England and Wales, 99.89 per cent in Scotland and 99.86 per cent in Northern Ireland.
By law, your local water company has to supply wholesome water suitable for domestic purposes like washing, cooking and drinking.
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