EPA Monitoring & Pollution

Council has two active Environmental Protection Licences administered by the EPA.

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) leads the state's response to regulating a diverse range of activities that can have an impact on the health of the NSW environment and its people.

Parkes Shire Council has two active Environmental Protection Licences (EPL) administered by the EPA for the Sewage Treatment Plant and the Waste Transfer Facility. The newly constructed Water Treatment Plant is a zero-discharge facility and therefore no longer requires an EPL.

Pollution Incident Response Management Plans

Pollution Incident Management aims to improve, monitor and demonstrate environmental performance.

Parkes Shire Council has prepared a Pollution Incident Response Management Plan (PIRMP) for the Parkes Sewage Treatment Plant (STP), Advanced Water Recycling Facility (AWRF), Sewage Pump Station (SPS) & Water Treatment Plant (WTP), and a separate PIRMP for the Parkes Waste Facility, which detail the procedures for the response and reporting of pollution incidents.

Council's PIRMP assists Council staff and personnel to correctly identify pollution incidents, reflecting the requirements of the Environment Protection Authority's Guidelines. Utilisation of these plans aims to improve, monitor and demonstrate environmental performance.

Parkes STP, AWRF, SPS & WTP(PDF, 522KB)

Parkes Waste Facility

For more information visit the EPA Website.

Environmental Protection Licences

Parkes Water Treatment Plant

The newly constructed Water Treatment Plant is a zero-discharge facility and therefore no longer requires an Environmental Protection Licence.

Parkes Sewage Treatment Plant

The EPA has issued Council with an Environmental Protection Licence Number 5655 for the Parkes Sewage Treatment Plant.

A copy of the licence can be obtained here.

Parkes Waste Facility

The EPA has issued Council with an Environmental Protection Licence Number 6016 for the Parkes Waste Facility.

A copy of the licence can be obtained here.

    

EPA Data Monitoring

Under the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997, Council is required to publish monthly summaries of relevant pollution monitoring data.

As part of the NSW Government's commitment to revitalising and strengthening the EPA, the State's environmental polluters are now required by law to publish pollution monitoring data on their websites, in accordance with the EPA requirements.

EPA Chief Environmental Regulator, Mark Gifford, said the new publishing requirements will help to make industry more transparent and accountable for its impacts on the environment and surrounding community.

"These new requirements reflect a new era in environment protection and give communities more access to information about industries and their practices in NSW," said Mr Gifford.

Parkes Sewage Treatment Plant

Monitoring Data is required under this License and Council has completed the necessary sampling and testing.  The results of this monitoring are provided below:

STP EPA MAY 2024(PDF, 64KB)

STP EPA APRIL 2024(PDF, 64KB)

STP EPA MARCH 2024(PDF, 109KB)

STP EPA FEBRUARY 2024(PDF, 62KB)

STP EPA JANUARY 2024(PDF, 64KB)

STP EPA 2023(PDF, 205KB)

STP EPA 2022

STP EPA 2021

STP EPA 2020

STP EPA 2019 

Parkes Water Treatment Plant

Monitoring Data Links

Council's newly constructed Water Treatment Plant is a zero-discharge facility, and no longer requires an EPL. Therefore, monitoring is not required. The results of historic monitoring are provided below:

WTP EPA 2017

WTP EPA 2016

WTP EPA 2015

WTP EPA 2014