Castletownshend sewerage scheme to end the discharge of untreated wastewater and enhance development potential

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

The development of a new wastewater treatment plant and associated network infrastructure will bring benefits to Castletownshend in terms of health, integrity of the environment and improved water quality for all.

A drop in information evening will take place in Mary Ann’s Bar & Restaurant, Castletownshend on Thursday, May 24 from 5.30pm to 7.30pm. Members of the public are welcome to come along, meet the team and find out more about this project.

The proposed project will end the discharge of the equivalent of 400 wheelie bins of untreated wastewater being discharged into Castlehaven Harbour each day from Castletownshend. The plan includes the construction of a new wastewater treatment plant to serve a population equivalent (PE) of approximately 530, new sewers, rising mains and a below-ground pumping station.

The provision of wastewater treatment for Castletownshend 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,” said Mark Murray, Irish Water’s Infrastructure Regional Lead.

Subject to statutory approvals, Irish Water will submit its planning application to Cork County Council this year and it is envisaged that planning, design and construction will take approximately 3 to 4 years and will be undertaken between 2018 and 2021 (subject to statutory approvals).

A dedicated email address, has been set up for householders, businesses and other stakeholders and information is also available from Irish Water’s 24/7 customer care line at 1850 278 278.

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.


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