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Overall project benefits

The project is important in terms of protecting the environment, facilitating economic development and providing for a growing population. 

Clean, safe harbour environment

Clean, safe harbour environment

Economic development

Economic development

Population growth

Population growth

About the project

Untreated raw sewage has been discharging directly into the lower harbour for decades. Wastewater is collected from homes and businesses across the lower harbour area and undergoes no treatment before being discharged into the sea. This practice is in breach of EU regulations. We are addressing this issue with a long-term investment in wastewater in Cork.

The project consists of:

  • A new wastewater treatment plant at Shanbally
  • 14 new pumping stations
  • 30km of new sewers
  • Repairs to 25km of old pipes
  • A drilled crossing under the estuary
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