Works underway to resolve overflow of wastewater in Timoleague

18 June 2021

Irish Water is working to resolve the overflow of wastewater in Timoleague, which may have affected the bathing water at Coolmaine beach and surrounding areas including Courtmacsherry. Crews have been on the ground since 2am working to resolve this issue and a full technical investigation is underway.

A suspected break in a sewerage main is believed to be the cause of the discharge. Irish Water is investigating the incident and working to repair the local infrastructure at this time. In the meantime tankers are onsite to collect wastewater and minimise any further impact.

As a result of this incident, Cork County Council, in consultation with the HSE, has placed a bathing prohibition notice at Coolmaine beach. It is likely that this notice will remain in place for a number of days pending the repairs of the sewerage mains and the results of sampling of the bathing waters early next week. Please refer to www.beaches.ie for updates.

Irish Water regrets this incident and any inconvenience it may have caused. We are working hard to resolve the issue at this time and ensure that it does not recur.

Local Authorities are responsible for managing and monitoring bathing waters. The Local Authority collects information on bathing water quality on a regular basis and, in consultation with the HSE provides information and guidance to the public on using bathing waters. Notices are displayed at the bathing water locations and on the Environmental Protection Agency website, www.beaches.ie, advising the public on water quality and of any bathing restrictions.

Our Customer Care Team is available 24/7 on 0818 278 278.