WorldWide Drilling Resource 257 Caroline Street Punxsutawney, PA 15767 800-927-0560 • 814-427-2555 Fax: 814-427-5164 SERVING THE WATER WELL INDUSTRY Serving the Drilling Industry 36 APRIL 2022 WorldWide Drilling Resource® Cork Lower Harbor Main Drainage Project Receives Prestigious Award Adapted from Information by Engineers Ireland A wastewater drainage project has ended the decades-long practice of discharging raw sewage directly into Cork Lower Harbor andwas awarded the esteemed title of Engineering Endeavour of 2021 by Engineers Ireland. Undertaken by Irish Water, the Cork Lower Harbor Main Drainage Project was awarded the accolade after being featured in Engineers Ireland’s Engineering Excellence Digital Series. It was chosen by the public and members of Engineers Ireland as the top engineering project of 2021 following an online vote. After seven years of extensive construction, it was finally completed in September 2021. The drainage scheme prevents massive amounts of raw sewage from Ringaskiddy, Carrigaline, Crosshaven, Passage West, Monkstown, and Cobh Town being discharged each day into Cork Harbor, the second largest natural harbor in the world. The project was completed in a number of phases by Irish Water, who invested millions to ensure wastewater was collected and fully treated before its safe discharge into the harbor. In addition to constructing a state-of-the-art wastewater treatment plant in Shanbally, the project also involved two of the longest horizontal directional drills ever undertaken in Ireland to install sewer pipes over 3280 feet long, approximately 195 feet below the Lee Estuary. Over 20,000 businesses and homes are now connected to the new wastewater scheme, which will protect the environment and support sustainable development and growth of local communities. “A high degree of engineering ingenuity and skill was required across all phases of this project, and we are incredibly proud to receive the Engineering Endeavour of 2021 title,” commented Déaglán Healy, project manager at Irish Water. “We have come a long way since we started work on this project in 2014. Irish Water has eliminated 60% of raw sewage discharges across Ireland, and we are on track to remove 95% by 2025.” Caroline Spillane, director general of Engineers Ireland said, “The challenges we face as a society all require and benefit from engineering innovation. Each of the shortlisted projects for this accolade demonstrate the creative ways in which Ireland’s engineers seek to support and transform the daily lives of individuals, families, and communities.” Construction work on the Cork Lower Harbor Main Drainage Project. Photo courtesy of Sorensen Civil Engineering Ltd. DIR