Irish Water investing in Cork’s wastewater plants to protect the environment

2 June 2019
By Elaine Murphy

Irish Water is upgrading Cork wastewater treatment plants as part of a large scale nationwide scheme to benefit communities and safeguard the environment. These works are being carried out in partnership with Cork County Council.

David Sharry, Regional Project Lead says, “Ensuring that the wastewater generated every day in our homes, schools and workplaces is treated in compliance with the EU and national wastewater treatment regulations and can be safely returned to the environment is a key priority for Irish Water.

“Works will begin in the coming months, once the final statutory approvals are in place, and are expected to be completed by 2021. As the majority of the works will be carried out within the plants, Irish Water will be able to minimise disruption to residents and businesses in the surrounding area.”

Irish Water is investing €2.5m in the works, which include upgrades to the inlet works, storm water management, sludge treatment and storage at the Glanworth, Glenville and Carrignavar plants. Further information can be found here.

David Sharry adds, “The investment Irish Water is making in upgrading our wastewater plants around the country will improve the environment for all of us. However, it is really important that everyone thinks about the possible impact of what they flush. Items like wet wipes and cotton wool can prevent the network from working efficiently, as well as damaging the plumbing in our homes. Placing a bin in the bathroom and disposing of sanitary items safely will help to prevent pollution of our beaches and riverways.”

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