Parkes' drinking water has been given the tick of approval, with 43 per cent of locals rating the water quality High or Very High.
As part of the 2019 Parkes Water Survey, residents were asked to rate their satisfaction with the quality and affordability of Parkes' drinking water, as well as gauge community attitudes towards the Recycled Water Scheme which will use recycled water to irrigate public greenspaces.
Residents who participated in the survey went into the draw to win Council vouchers towards their water bills.
Parkes Shire Mayor Councillor Ken Keith OAM was joined by Deputy Mayor Cr Barbara Newton, and Councillors Alan Ward and Bill Jayet as well as the Recycled Water Scheme mascot, Banjo the Frog, to draw three lucky prize winners.
Congratulations to first prize winner Kristy Davison, who won the $250 Council Voucher to go towards her water account. Second prize winner, David Potts, won a $150 Council Voucher for his water account. Mark O'Neil claimed third prize, a $75 Shop Parkes Card.
Mayor Ken Keith OAM thanked everyone who took the time to complete the survey and enter the competition.
“This year we had 164 respondents, which provides a strong sample of the population. The survey gives us good insights into our communities' attitudes towards our water servicing and management," Cr Keith said.
"It is particularly encouraging to see that the overwhelming majority of our residents regularly undertake water saving practices," Cr Keith added. "Reducing our combined water consumption goes a long way to conserving our precious resources."
Generally, respondents expressed satisfaction with the quality of Parkes drinking water, with 40 per cent rating Parkes water quality as Average, and 43 per cent considering it to be High or Very High. Similar attitudes were reported towards the value for money, with 85 per cent of respondents reporting satisfaction with the value for money.
The survey results show that the new Recycled Water Scheme is well received, with over 92 per cent of respondents expressing support, and 6 per cent neutral. Only one respondent expressed disapproval.
“We appreciate the feedback on our water servicing and infrastructure, and we hope the community continues to help us conserve water over the coming season.” Mayor Ken Keith said.