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Spirits on tap in Flekkefjord. Water supply gets an alcoholic kick to it. It might not be the usual way that your “favourite” tipple is served, but in a country with exorbitant levies on alcohol, anything that comes free must seem like a bonus.Anti-freeze Some of the inhabitants and office staff in the town of Flekkefjord probably thought their luck was in last Friday, when a faulty valve in an external sprinkler system allowed the free flow of an alcohol-based fluid in to their drinking water.

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Spirits on tap in Flekkefjord

Published on Wednesday, 15th July, 2009 at 21:56 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

Water supply gets an alcoholic kick to it.

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It might not be the usual way that your “favourite” tipple is served, but in a country with exorbitant levies on alcohol, anything that comes free must seem like a bonus.

Anti-freeze

Some of the inhabitants and office staff in the town of Flekkefjord probably thought their luck was in last Friday, when a faulty valve in an external sprinkler system allowed the free flow of an alcohol-based fluid in to their drinking water.

But, as the saying goes, “if something seems too good to be true, it normally is”. The residents’ “party” was cut short when the phone rang, and the caller warned them that what had seeped in was a mixture containing glycol, reports Avisen Agder. Glycol is, amongst other things, used for de-icing the wings of planes.

Poisonous

Although this particular mixture had an additive that made it noxious, the paper writes that a few people did drink it, despite its brown colour. Two of them have been to their doctor for an examination.

“I can confirm that we have had one person in for a check-up. Only a small amount is needed to cause damage to the kidneys and liver, but both the blood tests and the kidney function tests show that nobody has been injured as far as I know,” Tor Nilsen, the council physician tells the paper.

The water supply has since been cleaned thoroughly, and is said to be safe again. That’s the spirit.



Published on Wednesday, 15th July, 2009 at 21:56 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: flekkefjord, agder, spirits, glycol, water, supply, anti-freeze, leakage.





  
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