Councillors Bill Jayet and Neil Westcott recently inspected the progress of construction on the Recycled Water Scheme, with the final concrete pour for the new recycled water reservoir along Nash Street taking place last Thursday.
The reservoir is being constructed as part of the Recycled Water Rising Main (RWRM) project, which also includes the construction of three pump stations and a 12km purple pipeline.
"Parkes is so lucky to have this infrastructure being built. It's a really exciting project, and it's reassuring to know that the sporting ovals and facilities in Parkes will stay nice and green during times of drought and prolonged El Ninos," Cr Jayet said.
The reinforced concrete reservoir is being constructed adjacent to the decommissioned sewage works on Nash Street.
Several local contractors have been engaged in the four week build. Magill Concrete Pumping, Hanson Concrete, and Parkes Concrete have poured 400 cubic metres of concrete for the reservoir, with Westlime and Agri West suppling materials and K&H providing Geo Technical expertise.
"It's really exciting to see the final pour of 180 square meters of concrete go into the tanks," Cr Westcott said.
"It's going to hold two and a half megalitres of recycled water which will be used to maintain recreational sites around the town. This is water we've effectively always had, but weren't able to use."
The RWRM project is on schedule to finish in July 2019. The pipeline construction is ahead of schedule with only 1200m of pipe remaining. The pipeline construction is expected to be completed by Easter.
The RWRM project will deliver more than just recycled water to Parkes. Council is planning to value add by incorporating ancillary beautification works into the project scope - currently creating an Urban Design Strategy. Potential projects include using topsoil from construction to establish a bush tucker garden on the corner of Eugowra Road and Henry Parkes Way, and landscaping works at the new reservoir and pump stations.
Council will be seeking community input to the RWRM Urban Design Strategy. Residents who would like to be involved are invited to contact the Project Management Office on 6861 2305.
The $20.9m Recycled Water Scheme is jointly funded through the Australian Government and Parkes Shire Council.