Castletownbere, Co. Cork
This project is needed to stop untreated wastewater being discharged directly into Bantry Bay, County Cork.
Castletownbere is the main town on the Beara Peninsula, a busy port and centre for walking. The practice of discharging untreated wastewater to the harbour is no longer acceptable and Irish Water intends to rectify this problem in conjunction with Cork County Council by constructing a new Wastewater Treatment Plant and network infrastructure to ensure that wastewater discharging to Bantry Bay meets appropriate discharge standards. The new Wastewater Treatment Plant will bring benefits to Castletownbere in terms of health, integrity of the environment and improved water quality for all. This project will stop the discharge of over 1,700 wheelie bins of raw sewage into Bantry Bay per day.
What are the benefits of this project?
- The new Wastewater Treatment Plant will bring benefits to Castletownbere in terms of health, integrity of the environment and improved water quality for all.
- Water quality in Bantry Bay will improve significantly.
- Cleaner water will enhance Castletownbere’s amenity value and act as a platform for social and economic development.
- The project includes the capacity for future growth in the area.
- The project will assist with ensuring that the water quality standards set down by regulatory bodies will be achieved.
What is involved as part of this project?
- Construction of a new wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) that will serve a population equivalent of 2,200 which equates to stopping 1700 wheelie bins of raw sewage being discharged to Bantry Bay per day. The preferred site is located at Drom South.
- Construction of 5 pumping stations with storage
- Developing the sewer network and pumping stations throughout the Castletownbere area that will bring untreated wastewater to the new WWTP and treated wastewater to the existing outfall pipe.
- Castletownbere, Co. Cork