Sea water contamination cost IoM nearly £12,000

Properties between Church Street and North Quay, Douglas were affected for three days. Credit: Bing

Sea water contamination which affected properties on the Isle of Man almost cost £12,000 overall to fix.

Manx Utilities chairman Dr Alex Allinson MHK responded to a written question asked by Lawrie Hooper MHK about how much the cost was of dealing with the seawater contamination between Church Street and North Quay, Douglas during December last year.

Installation of a temporary non‐return valve, bottled water provision, network operations, response team costs and sundries amounted to £11,760.00.

It was due to sea water being pumped back into the fresh supply, while the Steam Packet Company washed the ferry Ben-my-Chree, entering the area's system.

The responsible party has accepted that their working practice on the date in question caused the contamination in question and Manx Utilities therefore expect to fully recover all of the costs associated with this event.

– Dr Alex Allinson, Manx Utilities Chairman