IFCA Hears Concerns Over Desalination Plant Proposals

Sunset Cup Coral

Sunset Cup Coral

A member of the islands’ Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority has raised concerns over Council plans to improve the functioning of the desalination plant on St Mary’s.

The unit takes water from boreholes but these have been contaminated with iron pyrite, which is clogging the filters. It’s reducing output and costing more to produce the water.

The Council announced recently that they’ve designed a new open water inlet pipe, located out to sea, which should get around the problem.

But Tim Allsop told the IFCA meeting that he was worried about the two proposed locations for the work.

He says he’s “extremely concerned” about the first one, at Gap Point, which is in the middle of a colony of sunset cup coral, which is classified as a nationally rare marine species.

And the second location is “probably the most silty area on the island.”

Tim said, “they’ll be cleaning their filters from now to Christmas if they put it there.”

He said he’d passed the information on to the Senior Manager for Infrastructure, Craig Dryden, but added, “I’m not 100 per cent sure if I’m getting through.”

3 Responses to IFCA Hears Concerns Over Desalination Plant Proposals

  1. Mark Prebble July 14, 2015 at 12:55 pm

    So this will eventually go out for public consultation now that The Council have paid for their MMO application. Should you have any concern’s about the suitability or sustainability of an extended inlet pipe wherever it has been designed to go, you do have the right to make a submission to the MMO about any concerns you may have.

    • Samuel Seal esq July 14, 2015 at 3:42 pm

      I have been to inspect the area as the head of a delegation. The group I represent have concerns but have entered into negotiations with the Senior Manager for Infrastructure about the exchange of seawater for commodities such as vinegar and chips. Our demands are modest but I am equally sceptical that they are being accurately interpreted.

  2. FooManChu July 6, 2015 at 10:39 am

    I think that you will also find that the process used to clean the filter on the inlet pipe will require biocide to be flushed out through this inlet- work it out for urselvs!!!!!!!!