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Chief Minister Officially Opens New Sulby Water Treatment Works 12 October 2005

    Chief Minister The Hon Donald J Gelling CBE CP MLC opened the new Water Treatment Works in Sulby on Saturday 1st October.

    In unveiling the plaque, Mr Gelling said,

    “I am delighted to be here today to carry out the unveiling of this plaque to commemorate the commissioning of this new water treatment works. I had little idea until I toured this new facility just how sophisticated the treatment of our drinking water had become. I understand from talking to the contractors that although a modern works, it is also well proven technology which is just what we need. We take for granted the fact that when we turn on the tap water will come out whatever time of the day or night, in summer or winter. We expect it to be there for our use, but without up to date facilities this will not be the case. These Works will supply crystal clear drinking water to the north and west of the Island for many years to come.”

    Prior to the ceremony, attended by Water Authority board members and staff (current and retired), politicians, contractors, residents and commissioners, guests were given a guided tour of the new facilities.

    The £13 million construction contract for the works was awarded to Earth Tech Engineering Ltd in April 2003, the main subcontractor was Charles Brand IoM Ltd. Work began on site in September 2003 and the construction and installation work was completed in August 2005. The works are currently being commissioned before entering into a 12 month proving period. Approximately 50% of the construction costs went to Isle of Man registered firms.

    Chief Executive of the Water Authority, Patrick Heaton-Armstrong, commented, “We have been very impressed with the way the main contractor Earth Tech Engineering Ltd and their subcontractor Charles Brand (IoM) Ltd have delivered the new works, on time and in budget. Every effort was made to minimise disruption to local residents throughout the construction period and we would like to thank them for their patience. Continues . . . The water quality will meet, or exceed, all current Drinking Water Inspectorate, European Union and World Health Organisation standards. The likely changes, over the next few years, to EU standards were reviewed during the initial design period and there are no changes to those standards which will impact on the acceptability of the supplies from Sulby Water Treatment Works.”

    For further information: Patrick Heaton-Armstrong, Chief Executive, Isle of Man Water Authority Tel: 695949

    Issued by: Martin Norbury, Isle of Man Advertising & PR Tel: 620440

    12th October 2005

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