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Onoway in central Alberta saw its drinking water from tap running bright pink.

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It later turned a bright pink, and Veldhuyzen Van Zanten said she posted on a town Facebook page and found hundreds of others were experiencing the same thing.

Potassium permanganate, also known as potassium salt, is a chemical disinfectant commonly used to remove iron and hydrogen sulphide (rotten egg smell) from well water and waste water.

Mayor Dale Krasnow said in a statement on Tuesday that "there was never a public health risk" and the odd water was still safe to use.

"We do a weekly flush and have done it for years and years, and nothing like this has ever happened before", Krasnow told CTV.

"It's not Cream Soda or pink lemonade but a sample of what is coming out of the water taps in Onoway", wrote reporter Susan Amerongen, captioning an image of a mason jar filled with the fuchsia liquid.

As soon as public works realized we had a problem they immediately commenced action to isolate this issue, which including draining our water reservoir.

Though he emphasised there was no cause for alarm, Mayor Krasnow apologised for the way the situation was handled.

"Could the town have done a better job of communicating what was going on yesterday to our community?"

The town drained its water reservoir and all lines have been flushed, but there may be some residual colour in some systems, the mayor said, adding property owners may need to run their water for a few minutes to clear their service lines. "Her reason? "[The water] was very, very pink".

Back stateside, thousands of Californians have voiced concerns over contaminated water, according to NBC-7 San Diego.

The California water allegedly has high levels of uranium - about five times the normal limit, NBC-7 reported.

Town officials say a chemical used during routine maintenance caused turned the community's water pink.

"We're in California, the sixth largest economy in the world, but we still have Third World conditions right here at home", said state assemblyman Devon Mathis to NBC.


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