But residents of the small Alberta town of Onoway were left puzzled and not a little bit alarmed to discover bright pink water running from their taps Monday night.
Videos and photos from anxious people in Onoway, Alberta, appeared on social media showing strangely vibrant water pouring from their taps. The town of Onoway says it was doing routine flushing of its filters when potassium permanganate, which turns water pink, got into the system. "Thanks Town of Onoway", resident Trevor Winfield wrote on Facebook.
Upon realising what had happened, Krasnow said, civic authorities immediately drained the reservoir and flushed out all the water in the distribution system.
Also known as potassium salt, potassium permanganate is a chemical disinfectant typically used for removing iron and hydrogen sulphide from well and waste water. By Tuesday many households had bright pink drinking water.
Her daughter called her from the bathroom to let her know that their water had turned pink, too, The Huffington Post reported.
However, town officials said there was never any risk to the public.
"Could the Town have done a better job of communicating what was going on.to our community?"
Veldhuyzen Van Zanten told the Edmonton Journal newspaper: "It was weird".
Krasnow said Alberta Environment was notified, and they "proclaimed it was safe". "And we do apologize for that".
The water was apparently in their toilet bowls, coming out of their taps and there were fears that the strange-looking fluid could be toxic and make people sick.
"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", Krasnow said. "Her reason? "[The water] was very, very pink".