Commencement of project to deliver new wastewater treamtment plants in Cork

Irish Water has today announced the commencement of a project to deliver new wastewater treatment plants in Coachford, Innishannon, Ballyvourney/Ballymakeera and Dripsey.

Existing wastewater infrastructure in these areas is overloaded and outdated. This project will deliver new wastewater treatment plants in each of the four areas, as well as the additional associated infrastructure required to connect the new plants into existing infrastructure in each village.

Irish Water, working in partnership with Cork County Council, will invest over €27 million in this project. On completion, the new infrastructure will end the discharge of poorly treated effluent and improve water quality in the receiving waters in each area. Once operational, the new plants will ensure compliance with wastewater discharge regulations. 

EPS Group Ltd. is working on behalf of Irish Water to deliver this project.

Accommodate for future population growth

“All new infrastructure is sized to accommodate future population growth of each village and surrounding areas. These projects will enhance the local environment and provide a platform for social and economic development of each area well into the future,” said Seamus Glynn, Regional Infrastructure Lead with Irish Water.

“We look forward to working with the local communities to deliver these projects in conjunction with our partners Cork County Council and EPS Group Ltd over the next two years. Wastewater treatment is mainly by septic tank in these villages at present and this technology is outdated and not meeting the required standards.”

Proposed programme of works in each area:

Coachford

Site investigation works began in Coachford in mid-November and will continue throughout November and December 2019. Construction of the new wastewater treatment plant, sewer network and outfall pipe will begin early in 2020, with works to be completed by mid-2021.

Dripsey

Works, including site investigations, are scheduled to commence in November 2019. Earthworks will commence early in 2020, with construction of the new wastewater treatment plant scheduled to commence in Q3 of 2020. All works are due to be completed by mid-2021.

Ballyvourney/Ballymakeera

Works, including earthworks and construction of the new wastewater treatment plant, are scheduled to commence by the end of this month. Construction of a new pumping station and river crossing, as well as upgrades to the sewer network are scheduled to commence early in 2020, with works to be completed by mid-2021.

Innishannon

Works are due to commence late in 2019. These works will include site investigations initially in December, with construction of the new wastewater treatment plant and associated sewer infrastructure to commence in mid- 2020. All works are due to be completed by Q3 of 2021.
Irish Water and our appointed Contractor, EPS Group Ltd., will be in contact with the local communities throughout the works.

Irish Water has arranged an information evening on the upgrades to the Coachford and Dripsey wastewater treatment plants. This event will take place on Monday 9 December 2019 at 6:00pm to 7:30 pm in the Coachford National School. This information evening will provide the local communities with an opportunity to learn more about the delivery of these two projects.

More information

Further information on projects in Cork and your local area are available at our Projects and Plans section.

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