Managing our water supply
Water projects and investment to secure future growth.
Being remote from water sources, Parkes’ water supply security would be vulnerable without managed intervention. In addition, key sectors that underpin the local economy such as mining and agriculture are heavy water users, placing additional demand on our supply.
Parkes Shire Council has been proactively working towards future-proofing water security for the Shire. Council have undertaken a raft of projects to upgrade our infrastructure and strengthen our water supply.
The construction of a new Water Treatment Plant (WTP) is underway which will provide a safe, secure and reliable water supply for Parkes and Peak Hill now and into the future.
Upgrades have been completed to Lake Endeavour for improved water security involving strengthening the Dam to ensure the long term stability and integrity of the structure. The project also involved enhancing the Dam for increased flood security.
A Lake Endeavour Early Warning System website and dashboard was developed. This allows Council and residents to monitor the water level, prepare for spills, and provide sufficient warning for potential flood events. See link at the top of this page.
Other projects have included:
- Refurbishment of Bore 8; a new bore was sunk to deliver a better spread for the aquifer.
- Lachlan River Intake upgrade; the upgrading of the temporary pumps.
- an Active Leak Detection Program and upgrading of raw water pipes; a to allow for increased capacity.
- Advanced Water Recycling Facility to deliver a consistent, high quality and safe water source for municipal irrigation year round.
These combined projects will optimise power usage, allow for remote monitoring and reuse of a limited water supply. Securing water for Parkes will allow for the sustainable growth of the town and support current and future expansion, both residential and industrial/commercial.
More information on these major infrastructure projects can be viewed under the investment in infrastructure page in this section.