Eleven years after its initiation and following the investment of over €10.5 million, the Arklow Water Supply Scheme was finally completed in May of this year. This article examines the key issues faced at the outset of the Arklow Water Supply Scheme and gives an overview of the different aspects of work that were required to develop this new public water supply.
In the period 1998-2005, the population of Arklow increased significantly due to the amount of housing development that took place within the town. The old water-supply system had reached maximum capacity. This capacity issue was exacerbated by the fact that the old supply was totally dependent on surface water sources: