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Pink water? The Albany Water Department says don't worry

Pink water? The Albany Water Department says don't worry

September 07, 2019 10:45 AM

If you're an Albany resident and noticed your water is pink, The Albany Water Department says there's no need to panic. 

Depending on your location, there may be a pinkish tint caused by a pass-through of sodium permanganate in the water distribution system. 

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The Department says the water is safe to drink, cook, and bathe in. They say it's better to hold off on laundry though. (So if you were planning to skip those chores, now you have a good excuse.) 

If you're not familiar with permanganate, it is used at the early stages of the treatment process to control taste and odor, remove color, iron, and limit the formation of acids. It is normally removed during the filtration process, but recent maintenance to the system caused a slug to pass through the filters. 

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Muneib Chater

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