Youghal Wastewater Treatment Plant
This €12.5 million project is needed to stop untreated effluent being discharged directly into the sea at the Blackwater Estuary.
Youghal is a coastal town in Co. Cork with a significant tourist industry that relies on water-based recreation activities for visitors including swimming, surfing, fishing and boating. This project is needed to stop untreated effluent being discharged into the sea at the Blackwater Estuary by constructing a new wastewater treatment plant as part of the Youghal Main Drainage Scheme which will treat effluent to a high standard before discharging to the sea safely. The new wastewater treatment plant will improve water quality in the Blackwater Estuary and also allow for seasonal/future population growth and commercial development in the area.
Location Youghal, Cork
Investment €12.5 million
Status In Progress
Completion Date Spring 2018
What are the benefits of this project?
- Improve water quality in the Blackwater Estuary
- Ensure bathing water quality regulations are met
- Ensure treated effluent complies with EPA standards
- Allow for growth in local population, tourism and economic development
Works continue on the Dunns Park pumping station site, with chamber construction well underway
At the treatment plant, the main tanks are now complete, with testing underway.
What is involved in this project?
- Constructing a new wastewater treatment plant with a treated effluent outfall from the wastewater treatment plant to the Blackwater Estuary.
- Upgrading the existing pumping stations.
- Constructing a new pumping station at Green Park.
- Installing approx. 9km of new or upgraded sewers and pumping mains.
- Constructing new rising mains to connect catchments in Youghal.
- On completion, untreated wastewater from the town will be collected and directed to the new wastewater treatment plant. Treated effluent will then be safely discharged to the Blackwater Estuary.