Unacceptable practice is unsustainable and threatens water quality in the area

Irish Water is working in partnership with Cork County Council to end the discharge of untreated wastewater to Bantry Bay from Castletownbere. This unacceptable practice is unsustainable and threatens water quality as well as the amenity value of the coastal waters around Castletownbere.

At an information event on Tuesday, 1 May, we will unveil its plans to stop the discharge of the equivalent of 1,730 wheelie bins of untreated wastewater being discharged into Bantry Bay each day from Castletownbere. The plan includes the construction of a new wastewater treatment plant in Castletownbere as well as the associated sewer network and infrastructure.

...improved water quality for bathing, enhancement of the area’s amenity value...platform for social and economic development.

“The provision of wastewater treatment for Castletownbere will mean improved water quality for bathing, enhancement of the area’s amenity value and will act as a platform for social and economic development. The project will also help ensure that the water quality standards set out in relevant legislation will be achieved.” added Mark Murray, Infrastructure Regional Lead.

What is involved?

The proposed new wastewater treatment plant will be located at the Drom South and will initially be constructed to have the capacity to serve a population equivalent of 2,168. The plant will be constructed to have the potential to be adapted in the future to serve a population equivalent of 3,250 as the need arises. The project will also involve the construction of new pumping stations at Castletownbere Hospital, Brandyhall Bridge, Came Woods and in the port area, along with new rising mains and sewers. A new marine outfall will discharge water to the sea.

Subject to statutory approvals, we will submit the planning application to Cork County Council this year and construction work will commence in 2020.

This project forms part of Irish Water’s investment plan. Works have been prioritised to address the most critical issues in line with commitments outlined in Irish Water’s Business Plan. Delivery of the business plan will involve a €5.5 billion investment in capital spending on drinking water and wastewater quality and capacity and new infrastructure up to 2021.

Information Evening

Irish Water is holding an information evening at the Beara Coast Hotel on Tuesday 1 May from 5.30pm to 7.30pm, to present plans for Castletownbere Sewerage Scheme.

For more information about Irish Water's ongoing projects across the country, check out our Projects and Plans section. 

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