Saturday, September 7, 2019 2:39 PM EST
By The Associated Press, AP
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — That's not rosé flowing from your faucet.
The tap water in parts of New York's capital is turning pink, but officials say it's perfectly safe to drink.
The Albany Water Department says the coloration seen Saturday is the result of a pass through of sodium permanganate, a chemical used in the treatment process.
The water department says the pink water is also safe to use for cooking and bathing, but laundry should be avoided.
Sodium permanganate is used to control the taste and odor of tap water. It's also used to remove color and impurities.
The water department says the chemical is normally removed during the filtration process, but recent maintenance to the system caused some to pass through the filters.