IRISH Water is halfway to its goal of a waste-free Cork Lower Harbour, which previously saw the equivalent of 40,000 wheelie bins of raw sewage dumped there evey day.
The Cork Lower Harbour Main Drainage Project started in 2015, and working in partnership with Cork County Council, there’s now the equivalent of 20,000 bins of
sewage being discharged daily. That has been achieved by building a new wastewater treatment plant in Shanbally, and repairing and extending the sewer network to connect more harbour areas to the plant.
A spokesperson said: ‘We’re now halfway towards our goal which is a sewage-free harbour by 2021. This will bring major benefits for all by enhancing the harbour’s amenity value and providing the infrastructure to enable the future growth and development of communities in the Lower Harbour area. It will also ensure that we are compliant with all European and national legislation in relation to the treatment of wastewater.
Project Manager Déaglán Healy added: ‘This is an incredibly important project with massive benefits for everyone living in the lower harbour area for many years to come. As with any development of this scale however, some disruption is unavoidable. We are very conscious of this and it is our top priority to do everything we can to minimise it, while also delivering this project on time and to the highest standard.’