Rob CallisterLand owners and stakeholder groups can expect to learn more next week

Are you an avid sea go-er? If so, you’ll be following the Manx Utilities Authority’s Sewage Treatment Strategy blog with great interest.

The authority’s project to instate treatment plants in the east and west of the Island were put on hold when the pandemic hit, so what progress is being made?

The Manx Utilities Board met last week to receive treatment plant site recommendations from project teams.

Chair of Manx Utilities, Rob Callister MHK sent us the following statement:

‘The Manx Utilities Board met on Friday 25 March and I am pleased to say that we do have an agreed way forward for Garff and Peel.  We are committed to updating local stakeholder groups and land owners next week as a first priority, now that we have passed this important milestone.

Manx Utilities is now in the delivery phase of this essential programme and is looking forward to working with Government on this aspect of the Island Plan to deliver the final stages of modern sewage treatment to Garff and Peel and importantly complete the overall sewerage treatment solution for the Isle of Man.’

But what does the delay mean for water safety?

Hazel Hannan is Chair of Peel Town Commissioners:

What can be done in the meantime?

Minister for the Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture, Clare Barber:

And a final word from a serial triple-dipper, Margaret, who mostly swims in south Ramsey – do water quality ratings affect where she chooses to swim?