Whisky Flushed: Thousands of Liters of Whisky Accidentally Flushed at Bottling Plant

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(Photo: Reuters/Carlos Barria)A bottle of Chivas Regal sits on a table in front of Darren Hosie, regional manager of Chivas Brothers, in this December 8, 2010 file photo.

Thousands of liters of Whisky has been flushed down the drain by accident at a bottling plant in Dumbarton, Scotland.

It is reported that the incident occurred during the night shift at Chivas Brothers on Tuesday as equipment at the bottling plant was being cleaned.

The worker on duty was trying to drain away waste water, however, he somehow managed to flush thousands of liters of expensive bulk whisky instead.

So much whisky was reportedly poured away that sewage workers later reported that a strong whiskey smell had overwhelmed the sewer system.

Chivas Brothers is the producer of the world's second biggest selling brand of Whisky, Ballentine's, and employs approximately 600 workers at the Dumbarton plant.

The company has released a statement saying: "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."

A spokesman for Scottish Water has also said, "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."