Whisky Flushed Down Drain At Chivas Brothers Bottling Plant: 18,000 Liters Of Ballantine’s Whisky Lost In Sewage Accident

By Staff Reporter on March 1, 2013 5:35 PM EST

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Thousands of liters of Ballentine's Scotch whisky were drained into the sewage. (Photo: Creative Commons)

Earlier this week, the Chivas Brothers bottling plant of Dumbarton, Scotland, dumped thousands of liters of Ballantine's whisky into the sewage due to a horrible mix-up during the Tuesday night shift.

According to reports, the costly blunder occurred when plant operators drained the waste water in order to clean the plant equipment. Unfortunately, the waste water wasn't drained -- thousands of gallons of whisky was drained instead.

In fact, the smell of the incident was so strong that even sewage workers were quick to report the accident.

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The Chivas Brothers bottling plant employs 600 workers and are responsible of producing the world's second biggest-selling brand of whisky, Ballantine's. Following the incident, the plant released an official statement:

"We are currently investigating an accidental loss on the 26th of February at our Dumbarton site, where some spirit was released to the local water treatment plant.

"There has been no release of spirit to the River Leven or any other local water course. We have informed Scottish Water and all other relevant authorities."

The Scottish Water authority were quick to assist the plant in the investigation as well. "Staff at our waste water treatment works were already aware of a problem and were working to identify the source when contacted by Chivas Brothers.

"Our trade effluent team have now visited the company to get an oversight into its failure investigation so that we can ensure all possible precautions are being taken to prevent a repeat.

"Discharging large volumes of alcohol into the sewer network can have an adverse impact on waste water treatment processes, particularly during dry, cold weather.

"We are continuing to closely monitor our Dumbarton waste water treatment works to ensure treatment has not been compromised."

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