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Water Authority Shortlisted 5 November 2003

The Isle of Man Water Authority Leakage Team are on the shortlist of winners for the Green Apple Environment Awards 2003, the annual international campaign which recognises, rewards and promotes environmental best practice around the world. The awards, now in their ninth year, are well established as one of the major environmental recognition schemes, both in the UK and internationally.

The Water Authority's dedicated Leakage Team, which was formed in 1999, has achieved a 40% reduction in leakage from mains and service pipes and they continue to develop and implement a leakage strategy which has taken them to the forefront of the best performers in the British Isles.

Patrick Heaton-Armstrong, Water Authority Chief Executive, said, "This is a remarkable achievement for the Leakage Team since their formation and we are pleased that this vital work has been recognised by the Green Apple Awards. The establishment of low leakage levels has been the cornerstone of the Authority's water supply strategy for the design of its new water treatment works and infrastructure".

The Water Authority will receive their award from The Rt. Hon. Patricia Hewitt MP, Secretary of State for Trade & Industry and at a ceremony to be held at the House of Commons on 6th November. At the ceremony the team will discover whether or not their submission has been chosen to go forward to the European Environment Awards.

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