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  • Improve the quality of the water being supplied
  • Ensure a reliable water supply to Skibbereen and the surrounding area
  • Safeguard the water supplies for 7,000 people in the Skibbereen area
  • Increase the security of supply across the scheme
  • Remove Drimoleague, Schull and Leap from the EPA’s Remedial Action List (RAL)
  • Ensure compliance with current drinking water regulations


  • The existing water treatment plants at Ballyhilty and Lake Cross will be retained and upgraded
  • The existing Drimoleague water treatment plant, Skeagh water treatment plant and Ballinlough water treatment plant will be decommissioned
  • The construction of over 35km of new water mains 
  • Construction of new treated water storage reservoirs in Drimoleague, Schull, Leap and Sherkin 

News and Updates

Where will the works take place? 

The works proposed as part of this project will take place in the following locations: 

  • Ballyhilty Water Treatment Plant
  • Lake Cross Water Treatment Plant
  • Drimoleague/Castledonovan
  • Schull
  • Sherkin Island
  • Bluid

How Are Works Progressing?

  • Construction works are on-going at the Ballyhilty Water Treatment Plant, while upgrades to the Lake Cross Water Treatment Plant schedule to commence in Q2 2020. 
  • Works are progressing on several new reservoirs including Drimoleague, Schull and Leap to increase the security of supply for the area. The new reservoir in Sherkin Island is scheduled to commence in Q2 2020.
  • Over 17 km of the 35km of water mains has been laid to date, including over 11 km between Ballyhilty WTP and Drimoleague.
  • Works are scheduled for completion in late 2020.

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