Crews to eliminate the discharge of untreated wastewater into Castlehaven Harbour

10 August 2022

Irish Water, working in partnership with Cork County Council, is delighted to announce that construction to build new wastewater infrastructure for the Castletownshend area has commenced. This important project will eliminate the discharge of untreated wastewater into Castlehaven Harbour, resulting in improved water quality that will enhance local amenities and add to a platform for social and economic development.

Glan Agua, who are carrying out the works on behalf of Irish Water, are expected to have the construction completed by mid-2023.

Speaking about today's milestone, Anthony Kavanagh, Asset Delivery Regional Lead with Irish Water, said: “We are delighted to be delivering this important project on behalf of the local community in one of the most beautiful coastal villages that Ireland has to offer."

This significant investment will boost Castletownshend by enhancing the local environment and improve water quality for the likes of swimming, rowing, and sailing. Eliminating the discharge of untreated wastewater into Castlehaven Harbour will only add to the scenic views and coastal walks around Castletownshend."

Anthony added: “This project will involve the construction of a new wastewater treatment plant and new pumping station. It also involves upgrading the existing sewer network and construction of nearly a kilometre of new pipeline and outfall."

We look forward to working with the local community in Castletownshend to deliver this essential project that will ensure cleaner and safer effluent being discharged into Castlehaven Harbour.”

Irish Water and our appointed contractor, Glan Agua, will continue to communicate with the local communities throughout the project. For more details on the project, please click here

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 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 www.water.ie/connections.

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 growth in our economy, while protecting the environment and safeguarding water supplies.

In Cork, construction is underway to install wastewater treatment infrastructure in Castletownbere, Inchigeelagh and Whitegate-Aghada. Works are also planned to eliminate the discharge of raw sewage in Ballycotton.

Irish Water is committed to keeping customers informed about their water and wastewater supplies across multiple platforms 24/7 and we encourage customers to engage with us on Twitter @IWCare and through our customer care helpline which is open 24/7 on 1800 278 278 and by setting their location on our website.