Apology over water main project delays

The site of works carried out in Glen Vine

The site of works carried out in Glen Vine

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The new chairman of the Manx Utilities Authority has apologised for a delay in completing a water main renewal project in Glen Vine.

Alfred Cannan blamed poor weather conditions and problems encountered during excavations for the six-week delay.

The issue was raised by Juan Turner MLC, a Glen Vine resident himself, who claimed it had taken a quarter of year to re-lay less than 0.1 miles of water main. He claimed no works had been carried out on site for days on end, despite Glen Vine Road being fully closed. ‘Does he think that’s acceptable?’ he asked the MUA chairman.

Mr Cannan said: ‘I apologise to Glen Vine residents for the time this is taking. The excavation was far more complicated than originally planned.’

He said the programme had fallen behind due to poor ground conditions and bad weather during the winter which had drastically reduced excavation rates. A number of other underground services had also been encountered with some not laid to regulation depth.

Mr Cannan said there would be a management review of the project to highlight any weaknesses. The work is being done to replace the current 60-year-old asbestos cement water main which serves several hundred homes in the Ballagarey estate. The scheme is now six weeks behind its 13 week schedule.

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