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. Trundle and Tullamore are passive oxidation ponds, while the Peak Hill plant is a typical bacteria bed (trickling filter) system. The new Parkes Sewage Treatment Plant is based on an aerobic biological process produces high quality effluent.
The Parkes Sewage Treatment Plant will be completed in 2017 as part of the Parkes Integrated Water Cycle Infrastructure upgrades. The new STP cost $30 million and replaces the 80 year-old facility on Nash Street.
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's newest asset will provide Parkes with reliable, robust, and sustainable sewage management into the future.
The new Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) is nearing completion. It began processing the town's wastewater on Monday 7 July 2017 and will be officially opened in November 2017.
The state-of-the-art facility was constructed by contractor John Holland at a cost of $30 million. The NSW State Government contributed just over $9 million through the Country Towns Water Supply and Sewerage Program, representing 38% of the cost of the STP.
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.
The new STP is located on Akuna Road, Parkes. It replaces the 80 year-old Parkes Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) on Nash Street, which was constructed in 1936 with minor upgrading in the 1960s and 1990.
The new STP will provide a range of benefits to the community including; reduction of odours, improvements in effluent quality, operational commitment, and capacity. The Parkes STP upgrade is a new 15,000 EP (equivalent people) treatment plant, which can be upgraded to 20,000 EP.
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. 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.