Parkes Recycled Water Scheme
Council is implementing a new Recycled Water Scheme (RWS) to supply high quality recycled water for open space irrigation sites around Parkes. The scheme will strengthen Parkes’ water security by providing an additional source of water for non-potable (non-drinking) use.
The Recycled Water Scheme (RWS) is the latest water infrastructure venture to be undertaken as part of the Parkes Integrated Water Infrastructure Renewal Program. The Recycled Water Scheme will be rolled out in three phases.
The construction of the new Advanced Water Recycling Facility (AWRF). The AWRF was officially opened by Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon. Michael McCormack on 6 April 2018.
The AWRF supplies high quality recycled water for irrigation to selected sites around Parkes. Currently recycled water is being used to irrigate the Parkes Golf Course and the Parkes Race Course, and the scheme will be extended to additional parks and gardens following the construction of a new pipeline.
The construction of a Recycled Water Rising Main, a reservoir, pump stations, and a purpose built pipeline which will deliver high quality recycled water from the AWRF to select parks, greenspaces, and additional customers around Parkes. The program of works also includes pump stations and a reservoir.
The Recycled Water Rising Main (RWRM) construction commenced in November 2018 and will take approximately 8 months to complete.
The potential expansion of the Recycled Water Rising Main to include additional commercial customers. The implementation of Phase 3 is dependent on demand and financial viability.
The $20.9m Recycled Water Scheme is jointly funded between the Australian Government and Parkes Shire Council. The Australian Government provided $8,725,000 towards the Parkes Recycled Water Scheme under the National Stronger Regions Fund.