Inchigeelagh Sewerage Scheme

Wastewater Project

This project is needed to stop untreated wastewater being discharged directly into the River Lee. The practice of discharging untreated wastewater to the river is no longer acceptable.

Irish Water intends to rectify this problem in conjunction with Cork County Council by constructing a new Wastewater Treatment Plant to ensure that wastewater discharging to the River Lee meets appropriate discharge standards. The new Wastewater Treatment Plant and network infrastructure will bring benefits to Inchigeelagh in terms of health, integrity of the environment and improved water quality for all. This project will stop the discharge of 220 wheelie bins of raw sewage into the River Lee per day.



  • Better health and integrity of the environment
  • Improved water quality in the receiving waters
  • Enhanced local amenities and a platform for social and economic development
  • New sewer pipes and a pumping station sized to accommodate future population growth


  • A new wastewater treatment plant which will serve a population equivalent of 290
  • Construction of a new below ground wastewater pumping station
  • Construction of approximately 315m of new rising main to transport untreated wastewater from the pumping station to the proposed new wastewater treatment plant
  • Construction of approximately 110m of gravity sewer to transport untreated wastewater from Cois Na Coillte to the proposed wastewater treatment plant
  • A 45m long outfall pipeline to safely discharge treated wastewater to the River Lee

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