Cabinet approval received to progress the Arklow Wastewater Treatment Plant project

27 July 2021

This new wastewater treatment plant will result in significant improvements to water quality in Arklow

Irish Water welcomes the news that Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Darragh O’Brien TD, has received Cabinet approval for the construction of the Arklow Wastewater Treatment Plant. This new wastewater treatment plant will result in significant improvements to water quality in Arklow by ending the discharge of raw sewage directly into the Avoca River, safeguarding the environment, facilitating economic development and provide for a growing population.

The project will include the development of a new, state of the art, wastewater treatment plant that has been designed to provide an ultimate treatment capacity for a PE (population equivalent) of up to 36,000, at the Old Wallboard Factory site located at Ferrybank in Arklow, two interceptor sewer pipelines (along North and South Quay) to bring untreated wastewater to the proposed plant and a marine sea outfall pipe to safely discharge the treated wastewater effluent to the Irish Sea.

Plans for the delivery of the Arklow Wastewater Treatment plant are at an advanced stage. The necessary planning, land and licences have been secured and final site surveys, which are required to help inform the design and construction methodology, have been completed. Irish Water plans to award the construction contract for the project in the coming weeks with construction works expected to begin later this year.

Michael Tinsley, Portfolio Delivery Manager with Irish Water, said “Eliminating the discharge of untreated wastewater into the River Avoca continues to be a key priority for Irish Water and this project is critical in ending this current practice and safeguarding the wastewater system in Arklow for the future. When completed, the new wastewater treatment plant will have significant benefits for both residents and businesses as well as tourists that visit the area as it will improve the water quality in the River Avoca and enable future economic growth. We will continue to work closely with the local community and will issue further updates as we progress with this vital project”.

Irish Water continues to work with our Local Authority partners, contractors and others to safeguard the health and well-being of both staff and the public and to ensure the continuity of critical drinking water and wastewater services.

For more information, visit the Arklow Wastewater Treatment Plant project section.