Despite all of those pictures you drew in elementary school, water isn't blue. But a sink filled with bright blue water would be less shocking than what people in Onoway, Alberta — a small town in Canada — saw when they turned on their taps yesterday: Hot pink water.
"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," he wrote in the statement.
So those residents had reason to be wary of their suddenly very colorful water.
According to the mayor's post, the Alberta Environment was contacted to check the town's water system and figure out what went wrong. Town officials also drained the water reservoir to take care of the problem.
"Could the town have done a better job of communicating what was going on yesterday to our community? Absolutely, without a doubt,'' Krasnow said in the post."And we do apologize for that. This is a 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.''
Water in Onoway is no longer bright pink — according to Global Edmonton it's since faded to a paler shade. Some residents captured samples of the water at its brightest in a jar, but the real souvenir here is the story they'll always get to tell about the day the water turned pink.