News & Updates
While we are improving water quality in Cork Harbour, Irish Water would like to thank residents and businesses in advance for their patience and cooperation and apologise for any inconvenience these temporary works cause.
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.
Passage West, Glenbrook, Monkstown
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Works are continuing at the Cork Road Pumping Station located at the entrance to Passage West Football Club’s grounds and adjacent to Aldi Car Park. All work areas will be fenced off with signage in place and there will be minimal disruption to the public coming and going either Aldi or Passage West AFC.
Cobh Networks Contract
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Irish Water, working in partnership with Cork County Council, is carrying out the Cobh Town Networks Contract, a major wastewater project in the Cork Lower Harbour area. Farrans Sorensen Joint Venture (FSJV) is working on behalf of Irish Water to deliver this project.
These necessary works will ensure an end to the practice of raw sewage discharging from Cobh Town through 19 outfall pipes around Cobh, directly into Cork harbour.
There will be no works in the town centre during the run up to Christmas and works will begin again in the New Year, on Thursday 2 January 2020, at Kennedy Pier, laying new sewer pipelines, working towards Westbourne Place, with a stop/go traffic management system in place.
Summary of ongoing works December 2019
|Location||Planned Works||Planned Date/Time||What does this mean for me?|
|Old Town Hall||Construction of Pumping Station and associated electrical works.||
Monday 16 September 2019 – October 2020
Parking restrictions at Lynch’s Quay from October 2019. View link.
|Cruise Terminal||New Sewer Pipelines||Monday 2 December - Friday 20 December 2019||
To construct this pipeline safely, the working area may, in some locations extend into the pedestrian Five Foot Way, however room for pedestrian traffic will be maintained at all times
Cobh to Monkstown - Estuary Crossing Contract
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Work on the Cobh to Monkstown Horizontal Directional Drill began in October from the Cobh Dockyard. The first stage is to drill a small diameter pilot bore hole from the dockyard to the reception site at Monkstown Park. The size of the borehole will be increased slowly until it is large enough to receive the sewer pipe.
To install the sewer pipe under the estuary, firstly individual lengths of pipe must be welded together to measure 1.3km, the distance between Cobh Dockyard and Monkstown Park reception site. Over the coming weeks lengths of pipe will be delivered to a site located on Laurel Hill, where they will be welded together to the required length.
When the borehole is complete, the next step is to pull the pipeline down Laurel Hill into the Monkstown Park reception site and into place under the Estuary between Cobh Dockyard and Monkstown. To allow the pipe to be pulled in place, it will be necessary to close the road.
O’Connor Utilities, (OCU), have applied to the Cork County Council for a 3 week road closure on Glen Road/Laurel Hill from Monday 6 January to Sunday 26 January 2020 to facilitate the pulling of the pipe in place from a site at Laurel Hill to the reception site at Monkstown Park.
Local access will be maintained for residents throughout the closure, with the exception of the pipe pulling day and a detailed information letter has been issued to residents in relation to these works.
You can email the project team with any queries at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Irish Water is committed to delivering these works with the minimum disruption to residents and businesses and to working with the local community to minimise the impact where possible.
Cork Lower Harbour News
1 October 2019
Irish Water awards Cobh Town Networks Contract – the next step towards eliminating raw sewage in Cork Lower Harbour
Wastewater from Cobh Town’s homes and businesses is collected in the existing sewer network. It then discharges untreated through 19 outfall pipes directly into Cork Harbour. We are ending this practice by delivering the Cobh Networks Contract as part of the Cork Lower Harbour Main Drainage Project.
23 April 2019
Irish Water moves closer to eliminating raw sewage in Cork Lower Harbour with the Cobh to Monkstown Estuary Crossing contract award
Moving closer to our goal of treating the equivalent of 40,000 wheelie bins of raw sewage flowing into the harbour by the end of 2021, we have today awarded the contract for the design and construction of the Cobh to Monkstown Estuary Crossing pipelines to O’Connor Utilities Limited.
14 August 2018
Irish Water working to ensure Passage West remains open for business during vital works to clean up Cork Lower Harbour
Irish Water, in partnership with Cork County Council, is working to end the decades-long practice of discharging untreated sewage into Cork Lower Harbour and clean up the harbour through its investment in the Cork Lower Harbour Main Drainage Project.
29 March 2018
Irish Water committed to eliminating raw sewage in Cork Lower Harbour to provide a clean, safe harbour for all
Irish Water, in partnership with Cork County Council, is working to end the decades-long practice of releasing raw sewerage into the harbour through its investment in the Cork Lower Harbour Main Drainage Project
19 May 2017
Supporting social and economic development in Cork
Investment in Cork is leading to improvements in water quality, bringing health and environmental benefits and supporting social and economic development.
10 April 2017
Irish Water marks key milestone in Cork Lower Harbour Main Drainage Project
Operations have commenced on new wastewater treatment plant at Shanbally, already reducing 50% of raw sewage flowing into the harbour.