Irish Water has signed the contract for the €40 million upgrade of the Lee Road Water Treatment Plant.
The plant supplies water to approximately 70% of the population of Cork City.
Treatment of drinking water began at the site 140 years ago in 1879. Since then, there have been several upgrades to the facility, but no major upgrades since the 1950s.
The project will involve the construction of new modern treatment facilities on the site.
The Cork City Water Supply Scheme is the largest single water scheme on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Remedial Action List.
The list identifies water supplies around the country that are in need of improvement.
Irish Water and Cork City Council, working in partnership, will deliver the upgrade project for Cork City. Irish Water recently signed a contract with J Murphy and Sons Ltd. who will carry out the works.
Irish Water will invest approximately €40 million in this project.
Sean Twohig, Infrastructure Regional Lead with Irish Water said: “This project is critical for Cork City; it will secure water supply to the city and protect the health of those using the water treated at the plant for generations to come."
"The plant has not had any major upgrades in almost 70 years and is a good example of the size and scale of the challenge Irish Water has due to many years of underinvestment in our country’s water treatment infrastructure.”