A human attempt to weaponize the deadly water in the world of The Sundered. Though the main body of water flooding the planet kills if touched, it becomes harmless when removed (say, in a cup or bowl or bucket). These folks wanted it to retain its deadly properties even when separated.
Harry Iskinder is the main character in the book, The Sunder... never learns much about how it works; suffice it to say that frightened human governments attempted to force their Powerful but broken creatures, enslaved to keep mankind aliv... to alter the very nature of the water. They managed to make it more volatile than it already was, but never in a fully controllable manner. I’d say that’s a good thing, wouldn’t you?