UPDATE: Pink Water Returns to St. Michael, Albertville
Residents are reporting pink water throughout different parts of St. Michael and Albertville tonight.
UPDATE (8:30 a.m., Tuesday Dec. 18): According to a statement from the St. Michael-Albertville-Hanover Joint Powers Water Board, the pink water is due to regular maintenance performed at the plant.
The statement reads:
Some "pink water" due to annual filter maintenance has been reported by some customers in our service area. While the color is temporary and harmless, home owners can let their water run for a short time until the water has cleared up.
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Residents took to Facebook Monday night after turning on their water and seeing pink.
The path of the pink water is all over the area with homes near Cedar Creek, the Highlands development and the St. Michael/Hanover border reporting the discolored, at times even purple, water.
This is the second time in a year that residents have experienced this. Last May, many households were alarmed and concerned about a magenta colored water that took over their showers.
The culprit then was a pump that feeds postassium permanganate into the system. The pump, residents said they heard from water board members, was left on and put too much of the compound into the system.
Potassium permanganate is not toxic, and is often used as an oxidizer in water supplies. It removes the "sulfur" smell that can infiltrate into wells and can also be an effective treament for waste water.
Because this issue was noticed by residents after hours the St. Michael sewer department was contacted and gave the following statement, "Joint Powers did have a problem earlier today and tried to stop all the pink water before it went to residences however some did go out to homes. It is harmless and if needed, homeowners can run their water until it's clear which can take as little as 20 minutes in some homes, longer for others. If they are concerned about usage and billing, they can contact Joint Powers during normal business hours."
Has your home been affected by the pink water?
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