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Water contamination issue revealed on Isle of Man

Properties between Church Street in Douglas and North Quay were effected since Friday. Credit: Bing

Investigations into contamination of water supply in the capital of the Isle of Man last week have revealed the cause.

Properties between Church Street and North Quay in Douglas were not able to use water for drinking, cooking or washing since Friday.

It was due to sea water being pumped back into the fresh supply, during a routine procedure washing the ferry Ben-my-Chree, entering the area's system.

The Steam Packet Company said it has never happened before, and that it was a 'genuine accident.'

Residents were told on Friday evening that the issue had been resolved.

I would like to take this opportunity to apologise again to all customers affected by this incident. Following the complaint from one of the restaurants on North Quay, Manx Utilities staff managed to isolate the area polluted and flush the system out, but it was initially unclear where the sea water had come from. There was close liaison with the Public Health Department and samples were sent to ensure that there had been no bacterial contamination of the freshwater system.

Emergency water supplies were mobilised but we had to wait until the following day to be sure that the system was clear and people were completely safe to drink the water again. The following day technicians fitted a non-return valve to the system as an extra precaution.

– Chairman of Manx Utilities Dr Alex Allinson MHK

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Snow and hail causes disruption across IoM

Outer Douglas in a blanket of snow. Credit: Antony Jaggard

Police on the Isle of Man are urging people not to travel unless absolutely necessary.

It comes after Storm Caroline hit the island in the early hours of this morning.

The west of the island was affected most with power cuts throughout Crosby, Baldwin and Mount Rule - energy has since been restored.

Numerous roads including the Mountain Road, Richmond Hill, and the main Castletown Road are all closed from the Cooil roundabout through to Mount Murray.

All schools are closed and Nobles Hospital outpatient clinics are shut with only emergency services available.

Police are urging people to check for updates on their Facebook page.

IoM residents urged to collect salt before snow hits

Isle of Man residents are being urged by the Department of Infrastructure to collect salt before bad weather hits later today.

Snow and ice is expected to hit the island between tonight and Sunday.

Salt bags can be collected from the Eastern amenity site before 7pm, Western and Southern sites until 4pm, and the Northern site before 4.30pm.

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IoM sailings likely to be disrupted tomorrow

Credit: IOM Steam Packet Co.

Ferry services to and from the Isle of Man are likely to be cancelled on Thursday.

Storm Caroline has meant sailings from Douglas to Heysham at 8:45 and the Heysham to Douglas at 14:15 are likely to be disrupted.

The Steam Packet will make a final decision will be taken at 7:00 tomorrow morning.

Its Reservations Team can be contacted on 661661 (IOM), 08722 992 992 (UK) / 0044 8722 992 992 (ROI & Outside UK)

For information about the latest sailings and announcements, visit the IOM Steam Packet website.

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