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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Ward and Burke Group Limited working on behalf of Irish Water to deliver these works, will begin works 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. There are also some works are ongoing at the Sand Quay boat yard, these works are off road and there will be no delays caused to the public.
Works will be ongoing to the rear of the Carrigaline Community Complex at the newly constructed Storm Attenuation Tank for the duration of the week. All work areas will be fenced off and signage in place. There will be minimal disruption to the walkway around the lagoon, a walkway diversion will be put in place for pedestrians to avoid the work area.
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.
Summary of upcoming main contract works commencing October 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.
|Station Car Park||Construction of Pumping Station and associated electrical works
||Monday 07 October 2019 – October 2020||
Removal of a small number of parking spaces. Stop/Go Traffic Management. View link.
|West Beach / East Beach||Pipeworks: installation of foul sewer, rising main and construction of manholes.||Monday 07 October 2019 – Saturday 30 November 2019||
Required road closure in place. Diversions and restricted parking. View link.
|R624 – Ballynoe to Rushbrooke||Pipeworks: installation of foul sewer, rising main and construction of manholes.||Monday 14 October 2019 – Monday 25 November 2019||Required road closure in place. Diversions and some parking restrictions. View link.|
The Site Investigation works proceeding well
Localised single lane closures will be in operation to facilitate individual slit trenches and trial holes, managed by temporary traffic lights or Stop/Go systems as outlined in the summary below. As each piece of work is completed, the works and traffic management will move to the next location.
|Site Investigations Stage||Works||What does this mean for me?||Planned Dates
(See sketches below for locations)
Localised single lane closures controlled by temporary traffic lights.
Thursday 03 – Friday 04 October
|Station Carpark||Slit trench||5 or 6 car parking spaces will be unavailable. A flagman will be present to direct traffic around the works area.||Week commencing Monday 30 September|
|Dock Cottages||Slit trenches, trial pits and boreholes||Lane closure controlled by temporary traffic lights. Some on-street parking restrictions.||Site preparation commencing Friday 20 September|
What’s Happening at Old Town Hall?
Site Investigation works will also continue at the Old Town Hall. The works area will be completely fenced off and monitored by works personnel at all times. There will be no impact to public parking or traffic during this time.
Cobh to Monkstown - Estuary Crossing Contract
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Road closure application 1 to facilitate installation of culvert in the glen stream
To complete the installation of the culvert, a 200m section along Glen Road will be closed from Wednesday 4 September to Friday 13 September. The carpark and playground will remain open during this time, as will the Sand quay/Glen Road/Marine Villas junction.
Diversions and a stop-go system will be in place during this time.
Road closure application 2 to facilitate installation of culvert in the glen stream
To facilitate the installation of the rising main and sewer main along the lower Glen Road, a road closure of the Lower Glen Road will be required similar to that received recently for the utility diversion. OCU will apply in the coming weeks for a road closure from Monday 16 September to Sunday 20 October. View application 2 questions and answers.
Power outage facilitate the installation of the culvert
There will be power outage on the day of the culvert installation on Thursday 5 September to facilitate the works. The power outage will be from approximately 1pm on the day with an expected outage duration of 2 to 3 hours. These times and durations are subject to change but are not envisaged to continue into a second day. The ESB will notify all affected residents.
You can email the project team with any queries at email@example.com.
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.