The newly opened Youghal Wastewater Treatment plant will protect the local environment and provide a platform for ongoing social, economic and tourism development in the East Cork town.
Irish Water and Cork County Council marked the official opening of the new treatment plant with a ceremony attended by Minister of State for Equality, Immigration and Integration, Deputy David Stanton.
The completion of these works brings to an end the decades-long practice of discharging untreated sewage into the Blackwater Estuary, with a total investment of €26m in the overall scheme. This will have enormous benefits for the area now and into the future by improving the water quality in the Blackwater Estuary and in Youghal’s Front Strand beach.
And by providing the capacity to effectively treat wastewater from homes and businesses in the area it will facilitate the ongoing growth and development of the town.
Minister of State David Stanton commented: “This is a very significant day for all of us here in East Cork. The opening of this new wastewater treatment plant is a key step in helping Youghal to fully realise its enormous potential as a great place to live, work and visit.
“These are exciting times for Youghal. Next year we will host Ireland’s first ever full Ironman competition. Having a clean ocean environment will ensure that this area can continue to attract events like this in the years to come. I would like to congratulate all involved in bringing this project to fruition. The people of Youghal will now enjoy all the benefits of having state-of-the-art wastewater treatment in their local community.”
Irish Water’s Infrastructure Programme Manager Mark Murray added: “We are delighted to be here today to mark the official opening of the long-awaited wastewater treatment plant in Youghal.
“The completion of this essential piece of infrastructure will ensure that wastewater from homes and businesses is treated and discharged in full compliance with Irish and European environmental standards. No longer will raw sewage be discharged into local waterways and the sea, leading to big improvements in the quality of the aquatic environment.”
Also welcoming the opening was East Cork Councillor and Deputy Mayor of Co Cork, Cllr Mary Linehan-Foley.
“Youghal’s history and heritage is intrinsically bound up with the sea and the area is rightly renowned for its fishing, sailing and surfing – all activities that are dependent on clean, unpolluted water. Having effective wastewater treatment in place will ensure that we can protect that heritage and environment and achieve the great potential we all know exists here.”
In addition to the construction of a new wastewater treatment plant, the project also involved upgrading the existing pumping stations, construction of a new pumping station at Green Park; and the installation of 9km of new or upgraded sewers and new rising mains.
The project was carried out in partnership with EPS Group and Sorensen Civil Engineering, with engineering services provided by Atkins Consulting Engineers.