A site selection process for a new sewage works in Peel won’t be completed until early 2022, says Manx Utilities.

Meanwhile, the authority says there are no operational issues with the existing pipeline that releases sewage near the breakwater.

Protesters have called on the government to warn the public against swimming in Peel bay, and for action to be taken as soon as possible to improve bathing water quality.

The issue led to a demonstration on September 5.

Manx Utilities is meeting Peel Commissioners later this week to provide an update on progress to finding a solution.

A spokesperson said: ’Manx Utilities remains committed to delivering an appropriate treatment solution for sewage from the Peel catchment area.

’As we have previously advised, we have been undertaking assessments of potential sites previously known to us and sites notified to us through the public calls for sites process.’

The MU says its ’thorough assessment’ will consider environmental, operational, population, technical and financial considerations.

Included in the assessment is the option to pump away to Meary Veg, the central treatment works that serves Douglas, Onchan, and towns and villages in the south.

The spokesperson said: ’There are no operational issues with the Peel outfall and the pipeline is inspected regularly along with all other outfalls around the island.

’The pipe-laying work which has been taking place in Peel in preparation for a treatment solution will restart once methods of working near the fuel pipelines have been agreed with the operator and how to safely work within some challenging ground conditions have been resolved.

’During the pipe-laying activities, Manx Utilities has taken the opportunity to reinforce some water supply infrastructure to maximise the benefits of civil works within the quayside.’

Representatives from the MU are briefing the town commissioners this Thursday.