Project will have benefits for health, the environment and future growth prospects in West Cork communities

Irish Water, in partnership with Cork County Council, is working to end the discharge of untreated wastewater into the Arigideen River with a €10m investment in upgrading the Courtmacsherry-Timoleague Sewerage Scheme.

This project will bring significant benefits to the area in terms of health, development potential and improved water quality for all. By ensuring that all discharges meet the requirements as set out in the Urban Wastewater Treatment Directive, it will help protect the receiving waters in the Arigideen River. This in turn will enhance the tourism and amenity value of Courtmacsherry, Timoleague and the bathing waters in Coolmaine, and provide a platform for future growth in the area.

A contract has been signed with Glan Agua to deliver the project which will include the construction of a new wastewater treatment plant at Courtmacsherry to serve a population equivalent of 2,500; a new pumping station at Timoleague; and the associated sewer network.

The new treatment plant, pumping station and associated infrastructure have all been designed to accommodate an increase in the local population into the future.

Mark Murray, Irish Water’s regional infrastructure lead, commented: “The practice of discharging untreated wastewater is no longer acceptable and Irish Water intends to rectify this problem by constructing a new wastewater treatment plant to ensure that wastewater discharging to the Arigideen River meets appropriate discharge standards. The new wastewater treatment plant will bring notable benefits to Courtmacsherry and Timoleague in terms of health, integrity of the environment and improved water quality for all.”

Following the signing of the contract, construction is expected to get underway in the coming weeks with the project due to be completed by the end of 2019.

Irish Water spent over €526 million on water services in 2017. Capital investment in the region of €700 million per year is needed for a sustained period of several decades to address the poor condition of Ireland’s water infrastructure. Works have been prioritised to address the most critical issues in line with commitments outlined in Irish Water’s Business Plan up to 2021. Delivery of the business plan will involve a €5.5bn investment in capital spending on drinking water and wastewater quality and capacity and new infrastructure up to 2021 while achieving efficiencies of €1.6bn.



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