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Earth Tech has been selected by the Isle of Man Water Authority (IoMWA) to design and construct a new water treatment plant near the village of Sulby, which is located on northwest part of the island. The contract is worth more than US$16 million.
"We are honored that the Isle of Man Water Authority has entrusted us to create a new treatment works to serve the northern side of the island," said Libby Gawith, managing director of Earth Techs European operation. "We are pleased to help the Water Authority provide a pure drinking water supply for the islands residents."
The Isle of Man lies in the Irish Sea, between England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales, less than 60 miles west of English coastline. The Isle of Man is an internally self-governing dependent territory that is not part of the United Kingdom and has a population of 76,000.
The IoMWA currently operates five water treatment plants on the island, four of the existing single-stage water treatment works were built before 1955. In peek times, the plants are under considerable stress as they attempt to treat substantially more water than their design capacity.
As a result of the strain placed on the water treatment plants, certain impurities in the raw water may not be adequately removed. These particles are not a public health hazard, but can produce severe discoloration of the water flowing from customer's taps in certain instances, undermining public confidence in water quality.
Work on the plant will begin later in 2003 with the new plant expected to begin full operation by summer 2005.