Contractor appointed to deliver Sewerage Scheme project in Inchigeelagh

28 October 2021

There was good news for the community of Inchigeelagh today as Irish Water and Cork County Council announced they are progressing plans for the Sewerage Scheme for the North-West Cork village, which will eliminate the discharge of untreated wastewater into the River Lee.

The project will see an investment of €6.8m and will involve the construction of a new wastewater treatment plant, a new below ground wastewater pumping station, approximately 315m of new rising main to transport untreated wastewater from the pumping station to the proposed new wastewater treatment plant. In addition, approximately 110m of gravity sewer to transport untreated wastewater from Cois na Coillte to the proposed wastewater treatment plant, and a 45m long outfall pipeline to safely discharge treated wastewater to the River Lee will be constructed.

Glan Agua have recently signed the construction contract and will be delivering the project on behalf of Irish Water with works commencing over the following months. Once started, the entire project is expected to take approximately 14 months to complete.  

The scheme will ensure compliance with wastewater discharge regulations. It will also improve water quality in the River Lee and protect recreational waters for swimming, fishing, boating and sightseeing, as well as protecting the integrity of the local environment. The new wastewater infrastructure will enhance local amenities and provide a platform for social and economic development.

Speaking ahead of the project, Anthony Kavanagh, Wastewater Regional Delivery Lead with Irish Water said;

We are looking forward to delivering this important project on behalf of the local community in Inchigeelagh. All new infrastructure has been sized to accommodate future population growth and the project will enhance the local environment and provide a platform for social and economic development well into the future.

Any person or business wishing to get a new connection to public wastewater collection infrastructure must contact Irish Water. You can make a pre-connection enquiry in order to establish whether a connection to the public network is feasible, where the connection can be made and any associated charges. For more information please visit the Irish Water website at www.water.ie/connections. Irish Water and Cork County Council will continue to update the local community in Inchigeelagh as we progress our work on this project.

In Cork, Irish Water are also progressing plans to construct new wastewater infrastructure across the county where no sewage treatment existed before. Works are already underway in Castletownbere and future works are also planned for Ballycotton, Whitegate & Castletownsend, which are due to commence in 2022.

As part of the Irish Water Small Towns and Villages Growth Programme, four new wastewater facilities are planned for Ballineen/Enniskean, Belgooley, Ballinspittle, and Castlemagnier. This follows the announcement of projects in Killumney and Killeens already this year.

Irish Water is responsible for the delivery of all public water and wastewater services in Ireland. We are committed to continuously upgrading and developing critical infrastructure to support the growth needed in housing and across our economy, while protecting the environment and safeguarding water supplies.