Irish Water to upgrade Inniscarra Water Treatment Plant in Cork

Irish Water has announced plans to invest €5.5m to upgrade the Inniscarra Water Treatment Plant in Cork.

The latest investment is set to improve the efficiency of the facility and allow for future growth in the plant’s capacity.

Built in the 1970s, the Inniscarra Water Treatment Plant provides drinking water to Cork City and its outskirts.

It also provides water to a large rural area to the south and west of the city as well as the Ringaskiddy industrial area.

Gerry O’Donnell of Irish Water said: “This is an important and much needed investment in the Inniscarra Water Treatment plant which will improve the overall efficiency of the plant and facilitate its future growth.”

The upgrade will take place as the plant has no appropriate facilities to treat the sludge, solids and other impurities which are removed at the time of producing drinking water.

The company signed a contract with Glan Agua, as part of which the latter will design and build new sludge treatment facilities and storage facilities.

With these facilities on site, Irish Water aims to ensure that all sludge and filter washwater arising from the treatment process will be treated in a sustainable manner.

Glan Agua will also construct new sludge treatment dewatering facilities and storage tanks.

As part of the works, existing temporary sludge facilities on site will be decommissioned.