Sustainable water and geoenvironmental solutions.

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Our dedicated water and geoenvironmental team provide a wide range of services across the project lifecycle, supporting investigations, monitoring, feasibility studies, designs, construction and operation.

We work in the fields of hydrogeology and hydrology, environmental monitoring and investigation. We have extensive experience in catchment and water resource management, fish passage improvement, river restoration and investigation and remediation of contaminated sites, particularly where the aquatic environment has been impacted. Working with experts from across MKO and our network of partnerships, we have over 20 years of experience supporting public and private sector clients in Ireland with best-in-class technical advice.

Experts in this field

Key contacts for our Water team

  • Michael Watson

    Michael Watson

    Environmental Director


  • Ruairi OCarroll

    Ruairi O’Carroll

    Project Director, Water



WATER Key Services

Comprehensive water services for effective project outcomes.

Hydrogeology and Hydrology

MKO is a leader in groundwater management in Ireland. We apply our groundwater expertise to help develop new groundwater sources, protect existing sources, balance conflicting water needs, remedy groundwater contamination, meet water quality standards and replenish aquifers. We also assess the impacts of project proposals on local groundwater resources and propose appropriate mitigation. We have also prepared guidelines for the EPA on discharges to groundwater and investigated the impacts of climate change on groundwater resources for Geological Survey Ireland (GSI).

Environmental monitoring

For public and private sector clients across Ireland, MKO provides environmental monitoring and compliance reporting. These services include national programmes for groundwater, rivers, lakes estuaries and waste-licensed sites. MKO also carries out monitoring at industrial emissions licence sites and reports on environmental, geotechnical issues and structural stability at abandoned sites.

Fish passage improvement

Removal or improvement of barriers to fish passage is among the key objectives of the EU Water Framework Directive and MKO can assess fish pass efficiency, plan dam or weir removal, develop fish passes to ensure or restore upstream fish passage at impassable barriers and design fish-friendly hydraulic structures such as waterway crossings or flood retention basins. Our knowledge of Irish river and stream conditions allows us to align proposals with water resources legislation, and work collaboratively with clients and key stakeholders. 

Site investigations and waste classifications

MKO has designed and supervised site investigations for numerous sites in Dublin and around Ireland. These include site investigations which allow the collection of soil samples resulting in the classification of waste material to be removed from the development site. We have conducted Phase 1 and Phase 2 assessments to support environmental due diligence and carried out a wide range of supporting surveys and investigations.

Flood risk assessment

Our water resource modellers can support development proposals that require site-specific flood risk assessments, providing innovative solutions to address issues including green infrastructure plans and nature-based solutions.

Case Study

Selected Projects

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    Barrigone Waste Management

    MKO was the overall project manager responsible for preparing the EIAR and planning application.

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    Castlemore Quarry extension

    MKO was commissioned by Roadstone to prepare an Environmental Impact Assessment Report (EIAR) to accompany a planning application for a vertical extension to Castlemore Quarry, Co. Cork.

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    Derrinlough Wind Farm

    MKO secured planning permission for a wind farm development, on behalf of Bord na Móna Powergen Ltd at Derrinlough, Co Offaly.

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    Finnegans Sand Quarry

    MKO was commissioned by Finnegans Sand Ltd. to prepare a Planning and Environmental Report (PER), to accompany a planning application for an extension to the existing Finnegans Sand Quarry,

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We’ll support your project at every step, with our expert team providing customised solutions.

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