Regional Groundwater Monitoring - Wexford County Council
AWN Consulting was requested by Wexford County Council to provide expert advice on groundwater resource management in the public supply areas managed by the Local Authority/Irish Water. This project involved undertaking a hydrogeological assessment of the groundwater-surface water monitoring programme for 2012-2013 for the Gorey South Wellfield, Gorey, Co. Wexford. The study area encompasses the Gorey to Ballycanew regions in this part of north Wexford
The principal objective of the monitoring programme was to add to baseline information and trended data already collected in the preceding years, as well as assess any potential impacts of active Council abstraction wells on selected receptor types. The establishment of baseline datasets which included extending the domestic monitoring network for the project was effected and complemented in the 2013 programme with a scope of work agreed with the Local Authority.
Field work primarily consisted of continuous datalogger installations (approx. 45 no.) and downloading, and surface water in-stream flow monitoring for a defined monitoring period. Available data was compiled into central databases and included Local Authority telemetry data and manual records of groundwater levels for interpretative use at the final reporting stage. The interpretative reporting would greatly assist the Local Authority/Irish Water in managing current supplies as well as with any forecasted augmentation in public supply towards sustainable volumes.