Coal Grove mayor apologizes for pink water

Published 6:05 pm Wednesday, June 5, 2019

The mayor of Coal Grove is apologizing for the release of a chemical that turned the village’s water pink for a day.

Mayor Larry McDaniel explained that in the early hours of Monday, the village water system experienced mechanical failure, which resulted in too much Sodium Permanganate being released into the distribution tank.

“This chemical is used to take the iron and manganese out of the water,” McDaniel said. “This was no way intentional and on behalf of myself and the Village Council, I would like to publicly apologize for any inconvenience this caused our customers.”

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He thanked the village workers, water treatment plant operator and office staff for the hard work and effort they put into getting the situation resolved in a timely manner. “Thank you for your patience during this difficult time,” McDaniel said.

On Tuesday, the Village of Coal Grove announced that it was safe to drink the water again after a day of day-glow pink water coming out of the taps.

The village website said the water plant operator had taken samples of water at various locations throughout the system and the “samples were then tested in a lab and have been found to come back below the health risk from the EPA.”

The village advised that there may be pockets of the pink water that appear in some locations.

“If your residence has pink tinted water, please allow your taps to run to continue flushing your lines. Please avoid doing laundry if you are experiencing any discoloration,” the village said.

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