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Wednesday, April 1, 2009


Posted By on Wed, Apr 1, 2009 at 9:00 AM

At least it’s not the color of turd.

That has to be what a lot of folks in Painesville and Perry were thinking over the weekend when their taps started spewing pink water instead of the usually clear variety.

A malfunction at the Lake County Water Department fed too much of a chemical used to treat for proper tasteb513/1238587736-pinklemonade.jpg and color, potassium permanganate (not pomegranate — yummy!) into the supply. It was safe to drink, but not to wash clothes … unless, of course, you’re looking for a pastel pick-me-up for the spring wardrobe.

Any funny comments from concerned residents?

“I don’t think it’s funny at all,” says Rick Martin, Lake County’s utilities director, in answer to whether they all had a good laugh about the slipup around the water cooler.

An employee caught the mistake after about an hour, when he noticed on his monitor that the treatment solution was being depleted at a rapid rate. Most main areas were flushed by the end of the weekend, and some “dead-end” pipes were still being flushed at the beginning of the work week.

“The last I heard, they were all clear,” says Martin of the pipes. Residents are standing by for the flavor of the week. — Dan Harkins

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