Opening of four state-of-the-art wastewater treatment facilities in County Cork

Irish Water, in partnership with Cork County Council, officially opened four new state-of-the-art sewage treatment facilities in County Cork on Friday, following a £27million investment to protect the environment and supporting a sustainable future for the locality.

New treatment plants and supporting infrastructure at Coachford, Innishannon, Dripsey & Baile Bhúirne and Baile Mhic Íre will ensure that treated waste water now fully complies with EU urban waste water directives before being safely discharged into the natural environment. It will also enable the future growth and development of the region.

Mayor of County Cork, Cllr. Danny Collins said: “I am delighted to be here to witness the successful completion and official opening of the Innishannon, Coachford, Dripsey and Baile Bhuirne/Baile Mhic Ire sewage treatment plants which represent an investment of 27 million euros in new wastewater treatment infrastructure. The completion of these essential projects is essential to ensure that we can cope with the future population growth of the villages and surrounding areas of these communities. Improvements to the four wastewater treatment plants will ensure wastewater is adequately treated and meets appropriate standards before being safely discharged into the environment. All of these elements combined will improve local amenities and serve as a platform for social and economic development. This is another concrete example of government investment in County Cork yielding significant dividends. »

Paul Fallon, Program Manager for Irish Water, said: “Today is an important day for the people of Coachford, Innishannon, Dripsey and Baile Bhúirne and Baile Mhic Íre and surrounding areas. We have invested 27 million euros in the construction of four new wastewater treatment plants and associated infrastructure in these areas. This new infrastructure will improve the quality of wastewater treatment, allow the development of additional housing and ensure compliance with regulations on wastewater discharges.

“Together with our partners, Cork County Council and EPS contractors, we have worked closely with all the communities associated with the mid-west Cork sewerage system since we first handed over the turf. times in 2019.

“The construction of these four new sewage treatment plants will end the discharge of poorly treated effluent, improve water quality in receiving waters, improve local amenities, and serve as a platform for social and economic development. .” Pic Daragh McSweeney / Provision

“The construction of these four new wastewater treatment plants will end the discharge of poorly treated effluent, improve water quality in receiving waters, improve local amenities, and serve as a platform for social and economic development. .

“On behalf of Irish Water, I would like to thank our colleagues at Cork County Council for their continued work on a daily basis, as well as EPS who built these four treatment plants. Finally, I would like to thank the local communities and businesses for their support in carrying out this vital project. »

Cork County Council chief executive Tim Lucey explained how; “This investment in new wastewater treatment infrastructure will benefit nearly 6,000 people while supporting the expected growth of these facilities. Cork County Council brought these treatment plants to preliminary report stage before Irish Water was established and their completion is very significant from an environmental, economic and social perspective. In partnership with Irish Water, Cork County Council always welcomes such infrastructure which brings real benefits to local communities.

Sharon O’Driscoll, Principal of Coachford National School, said: “Our pupils and staff are very passionate about the environment and all that enhances and protects it. We have been awarded six green school flags and we also have an award-winning garden ‘Tír Draíochta’ Last June we were delighted to win a gold medal in the school garden competition for the incredible work we have done in creating and maintaining it.

“Projects like this new sewage treatment plant here in Coachford ensure that our local environment, like our school garden, will be protected and help our community continue to thrive.”

Project details

  • Coachford – Construction of a new sewage treatment plant, which will serve an equivalent population of approximately 1,600 people, improvements to the sewer system and construction of a new outfall pipeline.
  • Innishannon – Construction of a new wastewater treatment plant and upgrade of the existing sewer system that will serve an equivalent population of approximately 1,600 people.
  • Dripsey – Construction of a new sewage treatment plant and upgrading of sewer systems to serve Dripsey and the surrounding area, serving an equivalent population of approximately 600.
  • Baile Bhúirne and Baile Mhic Íre (Ballyvourney/Ballymakeera) – Construction of a new sewage treatment plant, which will serve a population of approximately 2,600, an outfall and upgrades to the pumping station existing and a new riser.
  • The program also involved the decommissioning and demolition of old septic tanks at the Coachford, Innishannon and Baile Bhúirne and Baile Mhic Íre sites, as well as the old Dripsey treatment plant.

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