Project Overview

Arklow has been identified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as an area where wastewater is discharged into the Avoca River without any treatment. This practice of discharging untreated wastewater to the river is no longer acceptable and Irish Water intends to fix this problem in partnership with Wicklow County Council.

The provision of a new wastewater treatment plant in Arklow will bring benefits to the town and surrounding areas in terms of health, environmental protection and improved water quality for all.

Project Objectives

Arklow Wastewater Treatment Plant must be delivered in a way that not only meets the required legislative standards but that also ensures that all works are undertaken in a safe and environmentally responsible manner, in cooperation with the local community.

The objectives of the Arklow Wastewater Treatment Plant project are as follows:

  • To stop the current practice of discharging untreated wastewater to the Avoca River
  • To provide a wastewater treatment facility that will comply with all relevant legislative requirements and will service the population of Arklow into the future
  • To improve water quality in the Avoca River

What does this project involve?

Irish Water intends to develop the Arklow Wastewater Treatment Plant Project which includes:

  • A new Wastewater Treatment Plant (WwTP) of 36,000 population equivalent that will best meet the current needs of Arklow, and allow for future expansion of the town. The preferred site is the Old Wallboard Factory, North Quay, Ferrybank
  • Sewer pipelines (along the North and South Quays) to bring the untreated wastewater to the WwTP
  • A marine outfall pipe to safely discharge the treated wastewater to the Irish Sea

What is happening now?

Irish Water has published notice of a planning application to An Bord Pleanála, in respect of a Strategic Infrastructure Development, to progress the Arklow Wastewater Treatment Plant Project. We have also published notice of a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) for the project.

The planning application will be lodged directly to An Bord Pleanala under Section 37E of the Planning and Development Act 2000 (as amended), an Environmental Impact Assessment Report (EIAR) and Natura Impact Statement (NIS).

The third and final non-statutory public consultation report is available to view at Public Consultation. This report provides information on the project and how the consultation feedback has informed the development of the Arklow Wastewater Treatment Plant Project. We would like to thank all those who engaged with us as we developed this project over the past four years.

The application may be viewed/downloaded from Thursday, 20 September 2018 on the planning website

Members of the public and interested parties can make observations and submissions on the planning application directly to An Bord Pleanála up until 5.30pm on Friday, 9 November 2018. 

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