Recycled Water Scheme

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Parkes Recycled Water Scheme

Parkes Shire Council's new Recycled Water Scheme (RWS) supplies high quality recycled water for open space irrigation sites around Parkes. The scheme strengthens Parkes’ water security by providing an additional source of water for non-potable (non-drinking) use.

Parkes Recycled Water Scheme achieves significant water and energy savings by:

  • reclaiming wastewater discharges
  • substituting potable supply for municipal irrigation
  • reducing energy costs of raw water transfer and treatment
  • incorporating solar PV systems and operational scheduling to reduce energy consumption

The Recycled Water Scheme reclaims 250ML of wastewater a year, avoiding the release of the same volume of effluent to the environment, and saving 185ML drinking water that would otherwise be used for municipal irrigation.

The Advanced Water Recycling Facility is supported by a 197 solar PV system to offset energy consumption. Further energy savings associated with not having to pump and treat potable water from raw water sources amount to 42 MWh per year.

There is potential to expand the Recycled Water Rising Main to include additional commercial customers in the future. This is dependent on demand, capacity, and financial viability.

The Recycled Water Scheme (RWS) was undertaken as part of the Parkes Integrated Water Infrastructure Renewal Program. The RWS was officially opened by Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon. Michael McCormack on 25 October 2019.

The sustainability benefits of the Parkes Recycled Water Scheme have been recognised with prestigious awards including:

  • 2019 LGNSW Excellence in the Environment Award for Sustainable Infrastructure
  • 2019 Tidy Towns and Sustainable Communities Award for Response to Climate Change
  • 2020 NSW Australian Water Association Award for Program Innovation

Frequently Asked Questions


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.

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