I'll tap that...alcohol: Kerala residents stunned to find alcohol flowing from water taps
The strange incident was connected to a local bar where the excise authorities had seized unlawfully stored liquor about six years ago.
Residents of Solomon's Avenue Flat in Kerala's Thrissur district were in a fix when they opened their taps in the morning to find the water reeking of alcohol. Verifying with each other, they found out that a total of 18 families were affected by this mishap, manoramaonline reported.
The residents started to investigate how liquor got mixed with the water in the flat's tank. They soon discovered that the mishap happened because of a bunch of excise department personnel whose attempt to destroy seized liquor snowballed into this strange situation.
According to the report, these excise personnel had seized around 6,000 litres of liquor from a local bar -- adjacent to the flats -- around six years ago because the liquor was stored there unlawfully.
A case was filed and after the proceedings, the court ordered the officials to destroy the seized liquor.
The officials then came up with the idea of dumping the illegal liquor at the bar premises itself by digging a huge pit. They emptied the liquor bottles one after another for six hours into the huge pit.
The flat had a well that was close to the bar premises. As the excise sleuths dumped the illegal alcohol into the pit, it seeped through the soil and got mixed with the well water. This, in turn, was pumped into the collective tank of the flat, resulting in the shocking discovery.
The excise personnel were notified about the mishap and they promised the residents to clean the well and provide fresh drinking water until the well is restored.
The disgruntled residents have now knocked on the door of the nearby municipality officer and the Health Department seeking action against the erring officials.