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Upgrade of Boherbue Wastewater Treatment Plant successfully completed

Cork community set to benefit from over €9m investment in wastewater infrastructure

Uisce Éireann is pleased to announce the completion of an over €9 million upgrade to the wastewater treatment plant at Boherbue, County Cork.  

The project, which was carried out in partnership with Cork County Council, has significantly modernised and improved the performance and capacity of the plant and will accommodate growth and development in the Boherbue area. It will also improve the quality of treated wastewater discharged into the Brogeen River, a protected conservation area and home to the freshwater pearl mussel. 

Speaking about the project, Programme Manager at Uisce Éireann Darran O'Leary said: 

"We are delighted to have delivered this important project for the community of Boherbue. The modernisation and improvement of the wastewater infrastructure will accommodate further growth in the area and ensure that cleaner and safer treated wastewater is being discharged into the Brogeen River. It also adds biodiversity value to the area and remains sensitive to the surrounding landscape. This, coupled with the use of solar energy, demonstrates our commitment to putting sustainability at the heart of everything we do."

Darran added: "I want to take this opportunity to thank the community of Boherbue for their ongoing support and patience throughout the delivery of this vital wastewater upgrade for the community."

The project was carried out by Glanua on behalf of Uisce Éireann. Works involved the decommissioning of the existing plant and its associated structures, and the construction of a new facility on the same site in Laharn West. It also included new inlet works, stormwater tank, biological treatment process, and sludge drying reed beds. The existing constructed wetlands were reused to maintain habitats for animals and flora and solar panels were installed to generate clean, renewable energy for the site, improving energy efficiency and reducing carbon emissions.

Uisce Éireann is responsible for delivering public drinking water and wastewater services for the people of Ireland. We are committed to enabling communities to thrive by continuously upgrading and developing critical infrastructure to support sustainable growth and development, providing safe drinking water, and enhancing the environment. To find out more visit our website.

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