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.
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
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.