Works Start on Parkes Water Treatment Facility

Media Release

FN052/2017

05 April 2017

Joint release with:

Ken Keith

Mayor of Parkes Shire Council

Michael McCormack

Federal Member for Riverina

  • Construction starts on the Parkes Wastewater Treatment Plant and Recycled Water Scheme.
  • Facility will provide the region with a sustainable source of recycled water.
  • Coalition Government is investing $8.725 million through the National Stronger Regions Fund.

Works have commenced on the new water treatment and recycle plant in Parkes that will provide a reliable and enduring water source for the region.

Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said the new Wastewater Treatment Plant and Recycled Water Scheme would ensure Parkes will have a sustainable future.

“Coming from regional NSW myself, I know how important it is to have a secure and reliable water source, and this facility will help Parkes and the surrounding region during times of drought,” Minister Nash said.

“I aim to build the kinds of regional communities our children and grandchildren either want to stay in or come back to, and providing a secure and sustainable water supply is a big part of that.”

Federal Member for Riverina Michael McCormack said the facility will provide Parkes with access to recycled water which will benefit approximately 30,000 people per year.

“Once complete, the recycled water will have several uses including the watering of parks and gardens, and certain industry and farmland applications,” Mr McCormack said.

Parkes Shire Council Mayor Ken Keith thanked the Coalition Government for its contribution towards such an important piece of infrastructure for the Parkes Shire region.

“The new Parkes Advanced Recycled Water Facility will underpin a new recycled water scheme for Parkes, strengthening water security for the Shire and bringing water recycling activities up to current regulatory and industry best practice standards,” Cr Keith said.

“The project will provide advanced disinfection of the high grade effluent from the new sewage treatment plant next door, to supply vastly superior water quality to customers on the existing effluent reuse scheme, and also allow recycled water to be used to irrigate sports grounds and parks around the town.”

This project is jointly funded between the Coalition Government ($8,725,000) and Parkes Shire Council ($8,725,000).