20 November 2015
By Bryan T. Smyth
€228 million in new and upgraded water infrastructure for Cork City and County
Fine Gael Cork North West TD, Áine Collins, has said that Cork is to benefit significantly from Irish Water investment, with €228 million in new and upgraded water and wastewater infrastructure for the City and County.
“This is really great news for the future of Cork’s water supply and wastewater treatment.
“€180 million will be invested in a major upgrade of the wastewater network and a further €48 million is being invested to improve drinking water quality and supply. I am delighted to see Cork being prioritised in the efforts to address the deficiencies caused by decades of under investment in our water system.
“The €180 million for the wastewater network includes a €91 million investment in Cork Lower Harbour Main Drainage Scheme.
“€3 million has already been invested in upgrade of the wastewater treatment plant in Ballincollig, providing capacity at the plant to meet current and future population growth.
“Further wastewater projects with an estimated total value of €50 million are at planning and design stage for towns across Cork including, Millstreet and Coachford.
“The €48 million plus fund to upgrade drinking water quality and supply includes a significant upgrade and replacement of water mains in Lahran Cross to Abbeys Well and Glantane to Lombardstown as well as other areas right across County Cork.
“Cork people are already seeing a real return for their investment in water, with local projects benefitting. These vital works will ensure clean safe drinking water and sustainable wastewater treatment for future generations to come.”