This sleepy town in Alberta, Canada has a population of 1,029 residents, but that hasn't stopped the community from making the news around the world. The culprit for their celebrity status? Tap water of a certain vibrant color.
This is not the work of Photoshop. Residents of the town of Onoway were extremely perplexed when they tried to wash their dishes or take a shower and they were seeing color straight out of a Lisa Frank catalog.
You would probably be frightened too if you looked down and saw a toilet filled with pink water. Luckily, it is not an alarming medical condition, and residents soon learned the cause of their vibrant problem.
6. The Funky Discoloration Is Caused By A Common Chemical
The vibrant pink color was caused by achemical called potassium permanganate, which is used to disinfect the water. It is used to take foul-smelling and possible harmful hydrogen sulfide out of the town's water supply.
7. The Chemical Accidentally Leaked Into The Main Water System
A valve in the water system was stuck, allowing the chemical to enter the water and stain the tap of residents. The bright hue makes it look highly toxic, but the residents had no real reason to be alarmed.
The main side effect one could possibly experience is skin irritation, but, other than that it, can't do any damage. Onoway's residents were relieved, but they still had some questions they needed answered.
9. Residents Had To Wait For Reason Behind The Phenomenon
Residents didn't learn about the harmless chemical that caused the neon pink hue until hours after they discovered their bizarre tap water. That was enough time for residents to collect neon specimens and share them with fascinated internet-goers.
10. The Canadian Town's Mayor Understands The Frustration
Mayor Dale Krasnow understands that the miscommunication could have been avoided. "Could the town have done a better job of communicating what was going on yesterday to our community — absolutely, without a doubt," he stated.
11. Onoway Is Working On Fixing Their Rather Pretty Problem
Mayor Dale Krasnow has apologized for the inconvenience but promises that none of his residents were in any danger. Pink water is pretty impressive, but maybe this Canadian town can aim for blue or green next time.
12. The Internet Only Got A Taste Of This Colorful Catastrophe
You won't have enough time to travel to this tiny Canadian town to witness the Barbie-infused water supply. The town is working on getting its water supply crystal clear for all 1,029 of its residents.
13. Onoway's Funky Water Fluke Was Fun While It Lasted
Neon pink tap water was one epic way to get this sleepy little town on the map. It's going to be hard to top that one, but Onoway's residents should stick to bottled water in the meantime — until this pink water passes.