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Manx Utilities to recover costs of water contamination

Tue, 30 Jan 2018

Manx Utilities says it expects to fully recover all the costs from the responsible party after drinking water was contaminated in Douglas.

Supplies in Lower Douglas were affected last year when sea water got into the fresh water supply.

The board has revealed the responsible party has accepted that their working practice was the cause.

Manx Utilities warns it takes contamination of the water supply extremely seriously, and hasn't ruled out utilising its enforcement powers under the Water Byelaws.

An initial investigation in December found the contamination had happened while the Steam Packet Company was washing down the Ben-my-Chree.

Manx Utilities has now completed a detailed investigation and installed a temporary non-return valve to prevent further contamination until a full resolution can be agreed.

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