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Lieutenant Governor Visits Water Treatment Plants 20 February 2004

His Excellency the Lieutenant Governor Air Marshal Ian MacFadyen CB, OBE and Mrs MacFadyen were given a guided tour of the Water Authority’s main Water Treatment Works last week. Accompanied by Water Authority Chairman Mrs Brenda Cannell MHK and Chief Executive Patrick Heaton-Armstrong the Governor spent over an hour at the existing Douglas works on Glencrutchery Road before travelling to Sulby to view progress on the brand new multi-million pound works which will serve the North and West of the Island.

The existing Glencrutchery works is over 70 years old and the Authority has applied for planning permission to replace it with a new three-stage Water Treatment Works in nearby Homefield Road. The much-needed proposed works, which would serve Douglas, Onchan, Braddan and the South of the Island has been designed to treat up to 37 million litres of water a day and meet the stringent water quality standards required under the EU Drinking Water Directive. The new works currently under construction at Sulby is due for completion in 2005/6, and the combined facilities would give the Authority the capacity to serve a population of up to 90,000 in year 2021.

Patrick Heaton-Armstrong, Water Authority Chief Executive, said:

"If our planning application is approved, we will endeavour to deliver the new Douglas works as soon as possible, but a realistic expectation for completion would be 2007/2008 at the earliest.”

Work on the Sulby site commenced in early September 2003 and that contract, worth just over £12.3 million is expected to complete its construction phase during the latter part of 2005, with the works becoming fully operational during 2006.

Patrick Heaton-Armstrong commented,

“His Excellency took a keen interest in what is a vital part of the Island’s infrastructure, in particular the contrast between the ageing Glencrutchery works and the new works under construction in Sulby.”

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