Sewerage services and infrastructure supplied by Council for our community.
Parkes Shire Council provides sewerage services to the towns of Parkes, Peak Hill, Trundle and Tullamore.
To apply to connect to Council's Sewer system, please download and complete the application form and lodge at Council with the fee.
Currently Parkes Council owns and operates four (4) Sewage Treatment Works. Parkes and Peak Hill plants are typical bacteria bed (trickling filter) systems, while Trundle and Tullamore are passive oxidation ponds.
The original Parkes Sewage Treatment Works (STW) was constructed in 1931 and has undergone augmentation in 1965/66 and 1995. Major augmentation works were undertaken on the inlet works in 1996 to cater for future increases in population and to improve effluent quality.
It is estimated that to totally replace the facility would cost $16 million. Improvements to the inlet works, amenities building and works related to occupational health and safety were completed in 1995 are valued at $1.05 million.
The Peak Hill STW was constructed in the 1960s and has operated essentially unaltered since that time aside from significant safety works constructed in 2000.
The Tullamore STW was completed in 2008, and the Trundle STW in 2010, at a combined cost of $1.5 million. Sewering of the two towns was undertaken over the same period costing $5 million.
More information about Parkes and Peak Hill Sewerage Services can be found in the Parkes and Peak Hill Sewerage Services document.
Council continues to plan for the long term sustainability of sewage management with the construction of a new Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) in Parkes at a cost over $30M.
The new STP will continue to ensure that Council provides reliable, robust and energy efficient sewage treatment, servicing Parkes into the future. Financial assistance has been provided for the STP from the NSW State Government. Just over $9 million has been contributed through the Country Towns Water Supply and Sewerage Program, representing 38% of the cost for the STP.
The new STP will be constructed on Akuna Road, Parkes and with John Holland Group announced as the successful tenderer for this project. The construction of the STP will be completed in 2017.
The existing Parkes Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) was constructed in 1936 with minor upgrading in the 1960s and 1990.
The current STP is approaching 80 years of use and plant issues to be addressed include reduction of odours, and improvements in effluent quality, operational commitment and capacity. The Parkes STP upgrade is a new 15,000 EP (equivalent people) treatment plant to be constructed on a green-field site. The infrastructure can be upgraded to 20,000 EP.
The new plant is based on an aerobic biological process which can be driven to produce a high quality effluent, suitable for a range of reuse applications and environmental discharge.
A high level of plant automation is included to optimise power usage and remote monitoring, and substantially reduce day-to-day manual handling. Relocation to the new site will improve management of buffer zone issues (noise, odour, aerosol, sand and visual amenity).
To maximise the value of the construction of both the water and sewage treatment plant projects for its community, Council used unique and progressive tendering methods not usually undertaken by local government. Council used the Early Contractor Involvement process, followed by developing a framework in line with NSW Government procurement policy to then expression of interest, requests for tender and intensive workshops as part of the selection process. This process has allowed Council to be confident of the price of the projects and deliver a saving of $8m as risks of project have already been mitigated.
Parkes Shire Council is also working in partnership with the contractor, John Holland, to achieve a sustainability rating for both the water and sewage treatment plant projects through the Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA).
The ISCA rating scheme offers a voluntary sustainability performance evaluation of the planning, design, construction and operation of all infrastructure asset classes. To date, only two water treatment facilities and one sewage treatment plant have been certified under the scheme. Our projects have been registered to pursue Infrastructure Sustainability As Built and Operation ratings. The projects will be tracked collaboratively throughout construction and commissioning and the costs of pursuing the rating will be shared between Council and the contractor. Accordingly a joint sustainability policy and a joint sustainability management plan have been developed for the combined projects.
The Review of Environmental Factors (REF) for the STP is available below.