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The Environment and Recreation Directorate is responsible for the delivery of the following services: Water &  Drainage (on behalf of Irish Water), Waste Management Waste Operations and Recreation & Sport . Our approach to care for the Environment is based on the principle of sustainable development i.e. “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”. Cork City Council, in its role as a provider of services such as waste collection, recycling facilities, water and drainage can undertake measures to protect the environment we live in, nevertheless there is a duty on everybody to make their contribution in the area of environmental care.


Since 1 January 2014, responsibility for public water supplies has transferred from local authorities to Irish Water, the new  national water services authority. Cork City Council operates public water supplies on behalf of Irish Water. 

The Water Services Section of the Environment Directorate provides for the monitoring, treatment and distribution of a continous and sufficient supply of pure drinking water in a sustainable manner for all domestic, commercial and industrial consumers and provides and maintains, in a sustainable manner, a drainage collection and treatment systems to meet the needs of the city.  The Section is also responsible for the management and operation of Capital Projects under the Water Services Investment Programme.

If you have problems with your water supply please contact Irish Water:  

Faults Water Supply and Waste Water 1850 278278

Domestic Billing Queries                         1850 448448

Commercial Water Queries                     1850 778778   Irish Water

Water and Wastewater connections from 11 May 2017 Irish Water is now your contact point for all water and wastewater connections.  Please note that existing Cork City Council application forms will no longer be accepted by Irish Water or Cork City Council after this date.

Visit for application forms and further information.

For more information contact Irish Water:

Web:  Twitter: @IWCare

Boards:  Email:

Postal Address: Irish Water, PO Box 860, South City Delivery Office, Cork City

Telephone: 1850 278 278 or +353 1 707 2828

Connections and Developer Services enquiries  8.00-4.30pm, Mon-Fri

Water supply and emergencies 24 hours a day, 7 days a week


Since 1 January 2014, responsibility for public water supplies has transferred from local authorities to Irish Water, the new  national water services authority.

 Cork City Council operates public water supplies and waste water services on behalf of Irish Water.

  • The Drainage Section is concerned with the collection, transport and treatment of domestic and industrial wastewater from houses, commercial premises, factories, hospitals, schools etc. in the City
  • It achieves this through a network of sewers, culverts and tunnels extending over 500km, through most streets and lanes in the City, 18 pumpstations and a large biological treatment plant.
  • In addition surface water is collected from premises and roads and conveyed by sewers and culverts to rivers and streams in and around the City. 

Contact Irish Water:

Faults Water Supply or Waste Water                1850278278 

  Domestic Billing Queries                                              1850448448

  Commercial Water Queries                                         1850778778

The principal activities of the Waste Operations Section are:

  • Street Cleaning
  • Litter Control


Cork City Council has transferred its waste collection service for both domestic and non domestic customers to Country Clean Recycling, The Mill, Castletownroche, Mallow Co. Cork with effect from Monday 15th August 2011.  There is no immediate changes to waste collection and you should continue to present your waste as normal

Enquiries concerning any aspect of waste collection services should be made to Country Clean Recycling at 022 46848 or to



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Office Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday excluding public holidays

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        Since 1 January 2014, responsibility for public water supplies has transferred from local authorities to Irish Water, the new national water services authority. Cork City Council operates public water supplies on behalf of Irish Water.


        Drinking Water & Waste Water Service Requests - 24 Hours 

        Faults Water Supply and Waste Water       1850 278278

        Domestic Billing Queries                           1850 448448

        Commercial Water Queries                       1850 778778 

        Irish Water


Flooding Management & Surface Water Queries (021) 4924514

Blocked Road Gullies – Roads Directorate          (021) 4924758

Waste Management:
Landfill Site/Pollution (021) 492 4299 / 492 4533

Waste Operations:
Litter and Dumping (021) 492 4299 

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End of Life Vehicles

End of Life Vehicles (ELVs)End of Life Vehicles (ELVs)

A European Directive, known as the ‘ELV Directive’ sets out specific measures to Member States in relation to the collection, storage, treatment, dismantling, reuse, disposal of end-of-life vehicles.

The Waste Management (End-of –Life Vehicles) Regulations, 2006 were introduced to provide for the environmentally safe disposal and recycling of all ‘end-of-life-vehicles’

What is an ‘end-of-life vehicle’?

Typically, this is a passenger car or light commercial van which the registered owner wishes to dispose of.

What can I do with an ‘end-of-life vehicle’?

Owners of ‘end-of-life vehicles’ can deposit tem free-of-charge at an Authorised Treatment Facility(ATF) with whom the Producer (i.e. maker of car, Opel/Ford/Toyota etc) has a contract.

What is an ‘Authorised Treatment Facility’?

This is where end-of-life vehicles are depolluted and dismantled in an environmentally safe manner. These facilities must meet stringent environmental standards for the collection, storage and treatment of these vehicles. Please note that you should contact the ATF in advance to confirm that they will accept your vehicle type. Also please note that the ‘end-of-life vehicle’ must be intact with no parts missing and must not contain any waste.

Current Authorised Treatment Facilities (ATFs) in Cork City and County

There is currently one authorised ATF in Cork City Council’s functional area as follows:

National Recycling Limited, John F. Connolly Road, Churchfield, Cork City. (Waste Facility Permit Register No: WFP-CC-10/2014) Tel: 021 430 5060

How does it work?

The registered owner must bring their vehicle to an Authorised Treatment Facility (ATF), but as mentioned above, you should check with the ATF beforehand to ensure that they will accept your vehicle type. No charge is applied by the ATF for accepting the end-of-life vehicle, but you must provide the Vehicle Registration Certificate or log book for the car.

The operator of the ATF must then issue a ‘Certificate of Destruction’ to the owner.

The ATF will then notify the Vehicle Registration Unit of the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government in Shannon, Co. Clare.

The destruction of the vehicle is then noted in the records of the National Vehicle file.