The Recycled Water Rising Main construction reached a major milestone this week with half of the schemes purple pipes now laid.
The Recycled Water Rising Main includes approximately 12km of pipeline infrastructure that will service up to 20 sites located throughout the Parkes urban area. Construction is on track to be completed in July, with 6.7km of purple pipes are now installed.
Parkes Shire Council's Director Infrastructure Andrew Francis said: "the Recycled Water Scheme is a responsible solution to water shortages, but the benefits are flowing even before the taps are turned on."
"Any infrastructure spend has flow-on benefits to the local community, and the construction stage also strengthens our local economy," Mr Francis explained.
"The rising main has generated 33 jobs during construction, with 13 of these going to local workers. Obviously, there are some specialist personnel that can't be sourced from the local workforce, but that brings workers into Parkes and benefits local businesses, such as accommodation providers and restaurants."
"Aside from construction jobs, local highly skilled professionals and contractors are engaged to oversee the project, ensuring compliance around the legislative, health, safety, technical and environmental aspects of the project. Infrastructure projects really have a huge ripple effect on local economies," Mr Francis added.
"Parkes has been really fortunate with the level of investment and development over recent years. Not only have we delivered multi-award winning infrastructure for our residents, we have been able to generate significant local spend during construction," Mr Francis continued, "through our selected tender process Council ensures local content is used wherever possible, and this has resulted in a local spend of around 45 percent across the major projects - with some project components spending up to 80 percent of their budgets in the region."
The water and sewerage upgrades engaged 67 local business and suppliers at various stages and provided jobs for 329 individuals.
Mr Francis said that construction was consolidated where possible to streamline workflow and protect the budget. "The same contractor was engaged on the State funded Sewage Treatment Plant, Water Treatment Plant, as well as the Federally funded Advanced Water Recycling Facility. This reduced mobilisation costs, and streamlined the workflows, creating more value for money."
However, due to funding timelines not all projects were able to be initiated concurrently. While pipelines have been laid for the urban water mains upgrade, and now the recycled water rising main, separate funding timelines meant there were no opportunities to combine the projects.
"The Urban Water Mains upgrade was time critical, not only to ensure the new water treatment plant was operational, but also because funding requirements demanded the project had to be completed before the recycled water rising main project was formally approved," Mr Francis said.
"The recycled water rising main is purposely built for recycled water and even if they had been done together the separation of pipes would have created additional considerations," he said.
The $20.9m Recycled Water Scheme is jointly funded through the Australian Government and Parkes Shire Council.
The $44.9m Water Treatment Plant, and the $27.5m Sewage Treatment Plant were jointly funded through the New South Wales Government and Parkes Shire Council.
The pipeline route and construction updates are published on the Parkes Shire Council website under Public Notices, and directly impacted residents will be contacted prior to construction moving into their area.
For more information on the Recycled Water Rising Main construction please visit the public notice section of the website.