The plant can currently produce just over ten million litres of drinking water a day – roughly half of the Island’s average daily usage. The company now plans to increase capacity by five million litres per day – enough to fill two Olympic-sized swimming pools – to meet a projected rise in demand caused by climate change and a growing population.

Commenting on the plans to use the plant this summer, he said: ‘We need to pressure-test the system because we have had some assemblies changed. So we will take advantage of this to run some water into Val de la Mare.