Cork Lower Harbour Main Drainage Project
We’re improving water quality in Cork Harbour. The equivalent of 20,000 wheelie bins of raw sewage is discharged into the harbour every day. We're working to bring this to zero by 2021, ensuring a clean, safe harbour for everyone.
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