Cork Lower Harbour is world renowned. It has a rich maritime history and a proud industrial tradition. It supports employment, fosters tourism and provides many opportunities for water-based activities. Cobh, Passage West, Glenbrook, Monkstown, Carrigaline, Shanbally and Ringaskiddy are just some of the areas that border the Harbour.
The Cork Lower Harbour Main Drainage Project is required to significantly enhance the water quality in Cork Harbour. Currently, wastewater from Cobh, Carrigaline, Passage West/Monkstown and Ringaskiddy is discharged untreated into the Harbour.
The Cork Lower Harbour Main Drainage Project provides enhanced wastewater treatment through the development of a new wastewater treatment plant at Shanbally County Cork. The Project is important in terms of protecting the environment, facilitating economic development and providing for a growing population. Operations commenced at the new treatment plant at the end of December 2016, providing full treatment of all wastewater from houses and businesses in Carrigaline, Crosshaven and Shanbally. When the project is complete, the plant will also serve the areas of Cobh, Passage West/Monkstown (including Glenbrook) and Ringaskiddy (including Shanbally & Coolmore).
In addition to this, the need for a wastewater treatment plant for Cork Lower Harbour is a requirement under both European and National legislation in order to improve health, integrity of the environment and improve water quality in compliance with the European Union’s Urban Wastewater Treatment Directive. The Cork Lower Harbour Main Drainage Project will ensure that these water quality standards set down by regulatory bodies will be achieved, which will help Ireland to avoid substantial financial penalties.
The Project also has a positive impact on the local economy and community, as improved water quality increases the amenity value of the Lower Harbour, and acts as a platform for social and economic development.
The Project includes built-in resilience in order for the wastewater infrastructure to be able to accommodate the increase in local population.
What works are involved in this Project?
The Cork Lower Harbour Main Drainage Project consists of:
The project team continue to meet with the community to keep residents and businesses informed. Open evenings were held on 23 February and 2, 13 and 14 March to update the Cork Lower Harbour communities on upcoming construction works.
We will continue to hold additional events throughout Cork Lower Harbour and members of the project team are available to update local residents and businesses. Upcoming meetings are listed below.
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Site investigation in Carrigaline Community Complex
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Irish Water would like to thank residents in advance for their patience and cooperation and to apologise for any inconvenience caused.
Wastewater Treatment Plant
Construction on the Wastewater Treatment Plant commenced in August 2015 and is continuing to programme. Operations commenced at the new treatment plant at the end of December 2016, providing full treatment of all wastewater from houses and businesses in Carrigaline, Crosshaven and Shanbally.
Passage West / Monkstown Network Contract and Carrigaline / Ringaskiddy Network Contracts
Irish Water has contracted Ward & Burke Construction Ltd. for the repairs and upgrades to the sewerage network in the towns of Carrigaline, Glenbrook, Monkstown, Passage West and Ringaskiddy. Emma Murphy, Community Liaison Engineer with Ward & Burke, can be contacted by email on firstname.lastname@example.org
The site of the Ringaskiddy pumping station is located within the Port of Cork lands. Construction of this pumping station commenced in early March 2017 and is ongoing.
Cobh Network Contract and Estuary Crossing Contract
Site Investigation to support the detailed design of the Cobh network is continuing.
An Bord Pleanála are carrying out public consultation in relation to amendments to planned work on the north side of the harbour, serving Cobh, which will be the last phase of the work, involving collector sewers in the town and a cross channel pipeline to Monkstown.
Preliminary Report was finalised.
An appointed Project Team had prepared the Preliminary Report. This report set out requirements and recommendations for the project, for example:
The Project Team updated the Preliminary Report in light of the 2006 Census data and the 2005 Local Area Plans.
An Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for a wastewater treatment plant was submitted and was approved by An Bord Pleanála.
An EIS is a document that is prepared to describe any effects a project may have on its environment, including on people, flora, fauna, soil, water, air, landscape and cultural heritage.
An EIS must also set out how the project will deal with any effects that it may have on its environment.
An Bord Pleanála granted planning permission for the waste water treatment plant, subject to certain conditions. View the planning permission here.
As a result of the approval granted by An Bord Pleanála, and also the conditions that had been set, the Project Team updated the project.
The Project funding was approved by the Department of the Environment, Community & Local Government.
Several studies were then undertaken by the Project Team to gather information to prepare tender documents for all aspects of the project, including:
From 1 January 2014, Irish Water has taken over responsibility for water and wastewater services in Ireland in partnership with the Local Authorities under a Service Level Agreement (SLA).
The tendering process was initiated for the: