UPDATE TUESDAY: ALP reports pink, purple discoloration in water
Water customers of Alexandria Light and Power (ALP) Utilities may notice a pink or purple discoloration to their water.
This was caused by a valve that malfunctioned and released increased levels of potassium permanganate to enter the water, according to a news release issued by ALP Utilities.
This substance is used to remove iron. The water is completely safe to use and drink , however, ALP recommends waiting to wash clothes until the water is clear.
ALP apologized for the inconvenience and wants customers to know that it is working hard to fix this problem.
As of late Tuesday morning, the water appeared to be clearing up on the north end of ALP's water system and is moving along the east side of the system to the south and west.
ALP has flushed at strategic locations to try to shorten the time it takes for the discolored water to run through the system. If you have discolored water, try to run your faucets and flush your toilets to help clear it up. The time it takes for the discoloration to clear up depends on how much water is drawn from the system by customers, according to ALP.