Irish Water, working in partnership with Cork County Council is investing €28 million in the Skibbereen Regional Water Supply Scheme. As a result of this investment, approximately 7,000 people in the areas of Skibbereen, Drimoleague, Schull, Leap and Sherkin Island will benefit from the improved drinking water quality and a more secure water supply.

The Skibbereen Regional Water Supply Scheme area is currently supplied with drinking water from five separate water treatment plants in Ballinlough, Ballyhilty, Drimoleague, Lake Cross and Skeagh.

This project will also involve the construction of new treated water storage reservoirs

The water treatment plants in Drimoleague, Skeagh (near Schull) and Ballinlough (near Leap), have inadequate treatment facilities and are consequently included on the EPA’s Remedial Action List - the list of ‘at risk’ water supplies. As a result of the upgrade, these three plants will be decommissioned. 

The other two water treatment plants in Ballyhilty and Lake Cross will be retained, upgraded and expanded to become the sole sources of supply for Skibbereen Regional Water Supply Scheme.

The project will also involve the construction of new treated water storage reservoirs in Drimoleague, Schull, Leap and Sherkin to provide increased security of supply to customers. Existing defective water mains and water mains with insufficient capacity in Drimoleague, Castledonovan, Schull, Leap and Bluid will be replaced. 

Works are due to commence in the coming weeks 

Works on this €28 million project are due to commence in the coming weeks and is expected to take 18 months to complete. EPS has recently signed the contract to deliver this project on behalf of Irish Water.

Gerry O'Donnell, Regional Programme Lead with Irish Water, commented: “The upgrades to the Skibbereen Regional Water Supply Scheme will address its water quality treatment deficiencies, which will enable the removal of 7,000 people from the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Remedial Action List (RAL). These works will provide a secure and sustainable supply of quality drinking water to Skibbereen, Drimoleague, Schull, Leap and Sherkin Island.”

More information

For more information on our ongoing projects around the country, please visit our Projects and Plans page.

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