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Chief Minister backs Water Treatment Works 6 October 2004

The Water Authority has expressed its delight following an announcement made by the Chief Minister, Hon Richard Corkill MHK, effectively backing the proposed new Water Treatment Works for Douglas.

The Council of Ministers has considered the Independent Inspector's Report which was commissioned in June, and agreed with its recommendation to approve the revised planning application for the proposed Works on Homefield Road, which will serve Douglas, Onchan, Braddan and the South of the Island.

Patrick Heaton-Armstrong, Chief Executive of the Isle of Man Water Authority said:

"This is good news. It is a huge relief to us all to receive a positive decision at this stage. We now hope that the report, which has to be laid before Tynwald in October and again in November, will receive a smooth passage. We feel we have taken a positive step forward in delivering the Water Treatment Works that the Island so desperately needs.

"I am delighted for our customers, my colleagues and our team of professional advisors who have worked so hard to prepare the revised plans for this scheme. We will continue to work responsibly to meet all the requirements attached to the initial planning decision, and indeed any additional recommendations set by the Independent Inspector's report. We are very keen to progress this project at the earliest opportunity."

The new multi-million pound water treatment facility will replace the ageing Glencrutchery plant on Greenfield Road, Douglas. The new Works has been designed to treat up to 37 million litres of water a day and meet stringent water quality standards in compliance with the EU Drinking Water Directive. The new Works currently under construction at Sulby is due for completion in 2005, and the combined facilities will give the Authority the capacity to serve a population of up to 90,000 in year 2021.

Mr Heaton-Armstrong continued:

"Subject to approval by Tynwald, we will now work to deliver the new works as soon as possible, but a realistic expectation for completion would be 2008 at the earliest. We would hope to officially appoint the contractor in January 2005 with work commencing on site shortly afterwards."

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