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Minister Tours New Water Treatment Works. 23 January 2004

Department of Trade and Industry Minister The Hon Alex Downie MHK was recently given an extensive tour of the construction site for the new Water Treatment Works in Sulby by fellow MHK and Water Authority Chairman Mrs Brenda Cannell.

Mr Downie described progress on the site as extremely impressive and important in the development of the Island’s water infrastructure.

The perimeter of the excavation has been sheet piled and the main excavation work for the basement has been completed, the 800mm thick steel reinforced concrete base slab has been laid to provide floor slab for various water containing tanks. Additionally, the reinforced concrete to the surrounding walls is now well advanced. In total some 700 cubic meters of concrete has already been placed since work commenced on site in early September 2003.

During the next six months the work will include the construction of further below ground substructures forming part of the main treatment building as well as the erection of the structural steelwork forming the superstructure. Work will also begin on the extension to the existing treatment works to house the new sludge treatment plant.

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 operation during 2006.

The Chief Executive of the Water Authority, Patrick Heaton-Armstrong, commented,

“We have been very impressed with the way the main contractor Earth Tech Engineering Ltd and their subcontractor Charles Brand (IoM) Ltd has organised the site. It is clear that every effort is being made to minimise disruption throughout the construction period and we will continue to ensure that residents in the immediate vicinity of the site are kept wellinformed on the progress of the scheme.”

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