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Beinn-y-Phott replacement water main work commences 18 August 2005

    Work on the replacement of the existing Beinn-y-Phott main across the top of the moors has recently commenced. The £850,000 contract, awarded to Island Drainage & Groundworks, got under way at the beginning of August just as soon as the nesting birds on the moors had reared their young.

    The top 2 kilometres of the existing 4 kilometre, 400mm diameter rising main, laid in the 1980’s, is being replaced by a fully welded HPPE (High Performance Polyethylene) pipe, since the existing grey pvc material has become prone to brittle failure over the years. This main allows the transfer of water over the top of Beinn-y-Phott from the recently refurbished Sulby Dam Pumping Station to West Baldwin Reservoir to maintain water levels at times of drought. On completion of these works it will be possible to transfer up to 22 million litres per day – the new pumping arrangement will provide a 50% increase on the previous capacity. The project should be completed by Christmas but it is very weather dependent on the top of the moors. Progress to date, in the dry weather, is good and a long length of the new dark blue pipeline has already been strung out across the moors.

    The new 400mm diameter pipeline will follow a slightly different route from the existing pipeline due to difficult and poor ground conditions. The new length follows the existing access track. To minimize disturbance to the ground the old pipeline will be left in place.

    Patrick Heaton-Armstrong, Chief Executive, stated

    “The ability to transfer water from Sulby to West Baldwin will be an increasingly more important part of the Island’s water infrastructure in the years ahead when the new works in Douglas comes on line. This main has failed several times in the past and we need a pipeline which we can rely on which has an increased capacity.”

    18th August 2005

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