New waste-water treatment plant to help clean up Cork Harbour

Mayor says 44,000 wheelie bins of raw sewage were pumped into harbour daily

The new plant treats  50%  of sewage previously being discharged into the harbour from Carrigaline, Crosshaven and Shanbally

The new plant treats 50% of sewage previously being discharged into the harbour from Carrigaline, Crosshaven and Shanbally

 

The opening of a new waste-water treatment plant will help to clean up Cork Harbour by cutting raw sewage discharges into it by 50 per cent, Minister for Local Government Simon Coveney has said.

Mr Coveney said the Irish Water plant at Shanbally near Ringaskiddy was a key component in the €117 million Cork Lower Harbour Main Drainage Project which aims to improve the quality of water.

The new plant treats some 50 per cent of sewage previously being discharged into the harbour from Carrigaline, Crosshaven and Shanbally, and is designed to cater for the 20,000 existing homes and businesses in these areas as well as future domestic and commercial developments.

“This project is hugely important to improving the quality of water in Cork Lower Harbour. This will bring huge benefits to communities right across the harbour as we seek to promote this fantastic amenity at the heart of our city for visitors and residents alike,” said Nr Coveney.

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Cork County mayor Seamus McGrath said that prior to the opening of the plant, the equivalent of 44,000 wheelie bins worth of raw sewage was being pumped into the harbour every day.

“This is now been reduced by half, and by the time this project is complete in 2020 it will have been reduced to zero. This is great news for the environment, the people of Cork and the future of the harbour.”

Mr Coveney noted that work had also recently started on the repair and upgrade of the sewerage network on the south side of Cork Lower Harbour, including Carrigaline, Monkstown, Passage West and Ringaskiddy, and work in Cobh is expected to start in 2018.

New plant

Katherine Walshe, southern regional operations manager with Irish Water, said Irish Water would continue to develop the sewerage network across the harbour to ensure all waste was subject to full treatment by 2019.

She said Irish Water planned to ensure that the practice of discharging untreated sewage into rivers and the sea was ended by 2021.