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Ohio county's water turns pink

March 30, 2009 at 2:40 PM

PAINESVILLE, Ohio, March 30 (UPI) -- The Lake County, Ohio, utilities department said a malfunction with a chemical feeder caused many customers to receive pink water from their faucets.

The department said the 8 p.m. malfunction Saturday led to the water receiving too much potassium permanganate, a chemical used to remove bad tastes, odors and other contaminants from water, WEWS-TV, Cleveland, reported Monday.

Rick Martin, executive director of the Water Department, said the pink water is not a health risk but it can stain clothes. He said the department is flushing hydrants and adding additional treatments to the water in an attempt to clear the discoloration.

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