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Water Authority Plan to construct new Service Reservoir in the North of the Island 4 March 2010

The Isle of Man Water Authority held an open evening in Ramsey last night and will have a Public Meeting later in March to describe its plans for a new, covered Service Reservoir above Glen Auldyn. Following these meetings and using the feedback that it obtains, the Authority will submit a planning application to construct a new 6.5 million litre (1.5 million gallon) Service Reservoir for the North of the Island.

This work is required as part of the Authority’s ongoing Strategic Business Plan, approved by Tynwald in 1999, to supply treated water of a consistently high standard from the new Sulby Water Treatment Works to residents in the North of the Island.

Site of proposed Service ReservoirLocated off the B16, Glen Auldyn Road, the new Ramsey Service Reservoir will provide underground storage of treated water for the whole of the North of the Isle of Man.

To date, work undertaken in conjunction with locally-based Hyder Consulting has included feasibility studies which considered alternative sites and involved environmental impact assessments, topographical and geographical studies. In the coming months expressions of interest will be sought from suitably qualified Isle of Man based contractors to undertake the construction activity.

Once planning approval is obtained it is hoped construction will commence in the summer of 2010 and it is anticipated that the work will take twelve months to complete. The relatively remote location chosen for the works should minimise the impact on residents. However the Authority will, as is its policy, endeavour to keep all residents informed as the work progresses.

Completion of the new Sulby Water Treatment Works and associated trunk mains has enabled closure of the old Ballure Water Treatment Works. The new Service Reservoir will replace the existing Ballure Service Reservoir which is located underneath the old Water Treatment Works and was first constructed circa 1860.

The Chief Executive of the Authority, Mr John Smith, said:

‘This reservoir will be a key strategic asset, storing and supplying water to the whole of the North of the Isle of Man’.

Please click on the thumbnail above to see a full size image of the proposed site.

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