6 April 2018
By Elaine Murphy
Public Information Evening to take place on Thursday, April 12th
Irish Water is working to end the unacceptable practice of discharging untreated wastewater into Ballycotton Bay by developing a new Sewerage Scheme for the area.
To rectify this long-standing issue, Irish Water and Cork County Council are proposing to build a new wastewater treatment plant and associated network to ensure that any discharge to the bay meets all appropriate discharge standards. This will lead to significant improvements in water quality in Ballycotton Bay with many follow-on benefits for local health, the environment, tourism and future growth and development in the area.
A public information evening will take place in Ballycotton on Thursday, April 12th to give local people the opportunity to learn more about the project and meet the project team. This will take place in Ballycotton National School from 5.30pm to 7.30pm.
It is proposed to build a new wastewater treatment plant to serve a population equivalent (PE) of 1,100 along with new pumping stations and sewer pipes. All this infrastructure has been designed to accommodate an increase in local population, in order to facilitate future growth and development in the area.
Mark Murray, Irish Water’s Infrastructure Regional Lead, commented: “The practice of discharging untreated wastewater is no longer acceptable and Irish Water intends to rectify this problem by constructing a new sewerage scheme to ensure that wastewater from Ballycotton meets appropriate discharge standards. This will bring notable benefits to the area in terms of health, integrity of the environment and improved water quality for all. We are looking forward to having the opportunity to meet the local community on April 12th to discuss this project with them and take their views on board as we progress with this essential work.”