Today’s decision to approve and allocation of €3.8 million for improvements to Youghal sewerage system has been welcomed by Cork East Fine Gael TD, David Stanton. Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Phil Hogan TD, has approved the funding under his Department’s Water Services Investment Programme.

“I am pleased at this announcement as it will allow Cork County Council to progress with the Sewerage Collection Network Contract which is an important element of the Youghal Sewerage Scheme. I understand that the proposed sewerage scheme will involve two contracts, one providing for the upgrading and augmentation of the sewer collection system in the town and the other will involve the construction of a new Wastewater Treatment Plant.

The new Wastewater Treatment Plant will be located at Mudlands, in the north of YOughal and will have a capacity of 16,000 population equivalent and will address the current problem of untreated sewage being discharged into the Blackwater Estuary. This combined with the upgrading of the sewer system will bring Youghal wastewater treatment infrastructure up to national standards for sewerage treatment and effluent discharges.

“These two projects will modernise and greatly improve sewerage infrastructure in Youghal. It will also provide a platform for further residential and commercial development in the town. It is hoped that contract and tendering work will be expedited by Cork County Council to allow work to begin as soon as possible”, concluded Deputy Stanton.