Integrated Water Cycle Management Plan
Ensuring the security of our urban water
Parkes Shire Council developed the Parkes Integrated Water Cycle Management Strategy (IWCM) to ensure a secure, reliable and sustainable urban water system into the future.
The IWCM involves the planning of water supply, sewerage and stormwater services in an integrated way to ensure water is used efficiently.
The threat of continuing drought ensures that water management remains high on the agenda of governments and communities across Australia. Parkes Shire faces a number of unique urban water cycle issues and challenges, however Council has developed measures to accommodate the future demands on the urban water systems which are detailed in the IWCM Strategy.
The IWCM document is broken down into two parts; Part A the Issues Paper, and Part B the Strategy Document. Together they identify the key water and sewage issues faced by Parkes Shire,and present a range of scenarios so the most cost-effective solutions can be achieved.
The Water Cycle elements considered in the IWCM include:
- Bulk Water Supply
- Climate Change Impacts
- Treatment and Water Quality
- Reservoirs and Reticulation
- Sewage Treatment
- Recycled Water
- Demand Management
- Community Engagement and Social Amenity
- Waterway Health and Effluent Management
The first IWCM was developed in 2005. The plan identified the town's water security issues and concerns about the ageing water infrastructure. Several scenarios were explored and costed, with a focus on both cost effectiveness and long-term sustainability.
The 2012 IWCM review highlighted the urgency for Council to secure additional funds to action the recommendations. Funding was sought from Federal and State Government programs.
After extensive community consultation Parkes Shire Council has been able to implement key strategies in the IWCM, which has resulted in a complete Integrated Water Infrastructure Renewal program.
The IWCM Strategy must be reviewed and updated every eight years, ensuring Council delivers efficient water and sewage services and cost-effective solutions to our water and wastewater issues.