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New Water Works 23 September 2003

Work has begun in Sulby on the construction of the new multi-million pound water treatment works for the North and West of the Island.

Water Authority Chairman, Mrs Brenda Cannell MHK, cut the turf at a ceremony attended by Water Authority Board members and management team, the Chairman of Lezayre Commissioners, contractors EarthTech, sub-contractors Charles Brand (IOM) and engineers MWH on Thursday 11 September. The contract, worth just over 12.3 million was signed in April 2003 and the construction phase is expected to be completed during the latter part of 2005, with the works being brought into active use during 2006.

Mrs Cannell said:

We are today one step nearer to bringing a much needed new water treatment works to serve the North and West of the Island. We all know that this new treatment works is vital and we must pull together as a cohesive team to ensure that the works is completed sooner rather than later, delivered on time and within budget.

Patrick Heaton-Armstrong, Chief Executive, commented,

Every effort will be made to minimise disruption throughout the construction period and we will ensure that residents in the immediate vicinity of the site are kept well informed on the progress of the scheme.

Detailed planning approval for the new works at Sulby was granted in March 2002, however work on the project was put on hold as it had been hoped that the new treatment works at Sulby and Douglas would be constructed at the same time to reduce costs. The refusal of planning permission for the new Douglas works has meant that this is not now possible.

In August 2002, the Water Authority's Board made the decision to move ahead on the Sulby works as a stand-alone project and requested agreement from Treasury to nominate a preferred tenderer to undertake the construction of the new 'multi-stage' works as a single scheme.

The contractor, Earth Tech Engineering Limited, is based in the UK and highly regarded within the water industry. The company employs over 700 people and has an international network of affiliated offices offering a range of process, mechanical and electrical and civil engineering expertise. It has a well-proven track record in the design and construction of facilities for the whole water cycle, from raw water resources through to sewage treatment and sludge disposal. Earth Tech will be working with Charles Brand to build the new works.

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