Avoca Sewerage Scheme
Irish Water is working to end the unacceptable practice of discharging untreated wastewater in Wicklow.
Irish Water is committed to ending the unacceptable practice of discharging raw sewage in Ireland by constructing wastewater treatment plants and network infrastructure. We are working to ensure that wastewater is adequately treated and meets appropriate standards before being safely discharged into the marine environment.
- Improve water quality in our rivers, lakes and seas
- Safeguard human and environmental health
- Protect our marine life
- Ensure compliance with European regulatory standards
In Wicklow, Land has been acquired and planning permission has been granted for the new treatment plant in Arklow. Works for the new Arklow Wastewater Treatment Plant will begin next year subject to Ministerial Consent. It is expected that works will take at least three years to complete. We are also progressing plans to construct the Avoca Wastewater Treatment Plant, when these works are complete this will bring to an end the historic discharge of raw sewage into the Avoca River.
The building, repair and upgrading of Irish Water's water treatment plants, wastewater treatment plants, water and sewer network will require a multi-billion euro investment programme over many years. Irish Water is commited to improving wastewater treatment and capacity across the country.