Irish Water is today marking the halfway point of four significant projects across Cork, which will see an investment of €27 million in new wastewater infrastructure for the Ballyvourney/Ballymakeera, Coachford, Innishannon and Dripsey areas.
These projects are delivering new wastewater treatment plants, as well as new network infrastructure, in each of the four villages.
Irish Water and Cork County Council are working in partnership to deliver this project, which upon completion Irish Water says will "end the discharge of poorly treated effluent and improve water quality in the receiving waters in each area".
"Once operational, the new plants will ensure compliance with wastewater discharge regulations, boosting each of the four areas by enhancing the local environment, protecting health and supporting economic development," a statement from the company continued.
EPS Group Ltd. is working on behalf of Irish Water to deliver this project.
Reflecting on reaching the halfway point of the four projects, Seamus Glynn, Regional Infrastructure Lead with Irish Water said the projects will be of huge benefit to the villages.
"All new infrastructure on these projects has been sized to accommodate future population growth.
"These projects will enhance the local environment and provide a platform for social and economic development of each area well into the future.
"We look forward to continuing to work with the local communities to deliver these projects in conjunction with our partners Cork County Council and EPS Group Ltd.
"Up until now, wastewater treatment has been mainly by septic tank in these villages and this technology is outdated and not meeting the required standards," he said.
"The new wastewater treatment plants will bring big benefits, including enhancing the amenity value of each area.
"Irish Water is confident that these projects will bring significant benefits to the Ballyvourney/Ballymakeera, Coachford, Dripsey and Innishannon areas for many years to come," Mr Glynn continued.
Irish Water has stated that they and the appointed contractor, EPS Group Ltd., "will remain in contact with the local communities throughout the remainder of the works".