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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 Environment Directorate as an agent of Irish Water provides for the monitoring, treatment and distribution of a continous and sufficient supply of pure drinking water.  and maintains drainage collection and treatment systems to meet the needs of the city.  The Water Services Section is also engaged in the design and development 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  Contact Irish Water from

See Water Quality Reports by Irish Water since 2014      

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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Waste Tyre Regulations

Waste Tyre Regulation

While waste tyres are not classified as hazardous they can cause environmental pollution if disposed of incorrectly or irresponsibly. An estimated 35,000 tonnes of waste tyres are generated in Ireland each year and there is a clear need to improve the way this waste stream is managed. The problems are compounded by the absence of hard, reliable data on waste flows for tyres. Considerable work has been undertaken, in conjunction with the tyre industry and other stakeholders, with a view to developing a voluntary industry initiative for waste tyres.

Waste Management (Tyres and Waste Tyres) Regulations 2007

Regulations on the management of waste tyres came into force on 1 January 2008. The Regulations seek to improve information gathering and the tracking of waste tyre flows in Ireland.

The tyre recovery scheme identifies a clear audit trail for tyre collection and recycling. It is an initiative that imposes additional responsibilities on stakeholders and requires their co-operation in ensuring the success of the scheme. The Regulations impose obligations on persons who supply tyres to the Irish market, whether as manufacturers, wholesalers, suppliers, traders, or retailers and on the collectors of waste tyres.

These obligations include the submission of information as prescribed in the Regulations and in the format provided for in the Guidance concerning S.I. No. 664 of 2007 by the 10th day of each quarterly period. They will also be required to prepare and present waste management plans and reports when submitting applications for registration and submit a report to the EPA by the 28th February of each year.

These regulations support the environmentally sound management of waste tyres by providing a regulatory framework for comparing quantities of waste tyres arising with the quantities placed on the market and in tracking the movement of waste tyres from the time they are discarded until they are either reused or processed for recycling and /or recovery.


An exemption from these obligations is available to persons who participate in TRACS the voluntary compliance scheme that has been developed by the tyre industry and which has been approved by the Minister following the making of the Regulations.


Provision has been made in the regulations to enable a farmer who requires waste tyres to anchor silage covering to store up to eight waste tyres for every square metre of the floor area of his or her silage pit, without the need to have a waste permit. An example of the quantities permitted is as follows:

Examples of waste tyres permitted to be stored to anchor silage covering

Floor Area Width(Metres)

Floor Area Length(Metres)

Floor Area(Square Metres)

No of Tyres Permitted

























Waste Tyre Regulations and Farmers (doc, 33kb)

Marinas and Others

Others requiring waste tyres for genuine reuse, such as marinas, can source waste tyres subject to the approval of local authorities and compliance with the existing regulations governing waste permits. It is a matter for each local authority to adjudicate each case on its own merits, having regard to best environmental practice.