Thousands of litres of whisky have been flushed away last Tuesday from the Chivas Brothers plant in the locality of Dumbarton in the East of Scotland. According to reports of BBC and the Scottish Sun, it happened at night time while workers were cleaning up the equipment. A mistake in the cleaning up process was responsible for the loss of estimated 18.000 litres of whisky that flushed away instead of the waste water.
“We are currently investigating an accidental loss on the 26 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”, a spokesman of Chivas told the local authorities.
The loss occured during night-shift in the plant in which 600 people work. What was supposed to be a routinary cleaning up process to guarantee the perfect fusion among different products, became a loss and a terrible image damage for the company.
“It happened during the change of turns. Instead of discharging the water and the cleaning product, they turned on the tap of the whisky that started to flow. The worst is that no one noticed it until 11 o’clock in the morning”, a witness reported to the Daily News.
Scottish Water for their part informed about a strong smell of whisky which made the sewage workers become aware of the problem. As discharging large volumes of alcohol into the sewer network can have an adverse impact on waste water treatment processes, staff wants to make sure that such an event won’t occur again.
Therefore a team of Scottish water visited the company to get an oversight into its failure investigation to ensure that all possible precautions are being taken.
The estimated value of the appreciated liquor amounts to 600.000 Euros and climate between workers has become tense as they fear further actions of the head of the company who affirmed to fire the person responsible for the production of the accident.
Chivas production was first established in 1801 by the Chivas Brothers and is the oldest operating Highland distillery. Nowadays Chivas Regal is the market-leading Scotch whisky aged 12 years. Beside from Chivas Regal, the plant also produces other labels as Ballantine’s and the Glenlivet.
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