With construction on the new Parkes Water and Sewage Treatment Plants wrapping up in the coming months, the plants' new operators and engineers will commence their training today, Wednesday 15 March.
Ahead of the official hand over from the John Holland contractors to Parkes Shire Council, the staff will complete a series of detailed theory and practical sessions to be able to effectively operate and maintain both facilities.
Parkes Shire Mayor, Cr Ken Keith said "these are two of the largest projects Parkes Shire Council is likely to undertake in the next 20 years and Monday marks a monumental day for our region."
"While it's an exciting day for the staff who are set to begin work at the facilities, it's also an exciting day for our community as we are move closer towards securing a safe, reliable water supply, and a robust, energy efficient sewage treatment facility to service the Parkes Shire well into the future."
Training will run throughout out the testing, commissioning and proving phases, and provide staff with the skills and knowledge to carry out the daily operations, as well as preventative maintenance, on-site testing, fault finding and troubleshooting.
The existing facilities have reached the end of their economic life, both unable to sufficiently service the projected future demand of the region's urban areas.
Both projects will allow for the sustainable growth of the town and support current and future expansion, both residential and industrial/commercial, using sustainable and innovative initiatives and technologies.
For more information about the Water Treatment Plant and Sewage Treatment Plant projects, click here.