It’s not a trick of the light – the water flowing from Kansas City taps is faintly pink.
The culprit? Too much sodium permanganate, a chemical added during the water treatment process.
“When the Missouri River has what we call a high color content, when there are a lot of silts and clays in the river, there may be some materials that some people find unappealing,” Mike Klender, plant manager, says. “Part of our treatment process is to use sodium permanganate to combat those taste issues.”