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Lieutenant Governor Visits Sulby and Douglas Water Treatment Works 6 September 2006

His Excellency the Lieutenant Governor Vice Admiral Sir Paul Haddacks KCB was given a guided tour of the Water Authority’s largest reservoir and two main Water Treatment Works recently. Accompanied by Water Authority Chairman Martyn Quayle MHK, Board Members Mike Coleman and Charles Coole and Chief Executive Patrick Heaton-Armstrong, the Governor spent over three hours visiting Sulby Reservoir, Sulby Dam Pumping Station and the new Sulby Water Treatment Works before travelling to Douglas to view progress on the new works currently under construction as part of the Authority’s Crystal Project and to ‘top off’ the concrete poured earlier in the day.

Work on the £13 million Sulby Water Treatment Works commenced in early September 2003 and the works was officially opened by the Chief Minister on 1st October 2005. The works, which can treat up to 21 million litres of water per day is now undergoing a 12 month ‘proving’ period.

In Douglas, the new £25 million new Water Treatment Works, off Homefield Road, near the Isle of Man College will replace the existing 70-year-old Glencrutchery plant on Greenfield Road, Douglas. Work on site began in May 2005 and the new Works is scheduled to be fully operational during 2008. This new Works has been designed to treat up to 37 million litres of water and will serve Douglas, Onchan, Braddan, Middle and the South of the Island. Both new Treatment Works will meet stringent water quality standards in compliance with the EU Drinking Water Directive.

Throughout the visit His Excellency met representatives of Contractor Earth Tech Engineering Limited and Sub Contractor Lagan Construction (Isle of Man) Limited – both of whom have been involved in both Sulby and Douglas projects, in addition to other key Water Authority staff.

Patrick Heaton-Armstrong commented, “His Excellency took a keen interest in what is a vital part of the Island’s infrastructure, in particular the new works under construction in Douglas, which is the Authority’s largest capital project to date.”

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