Parkes Shire Council is investing in our water security.
Parkes Shire Council is committed to investing in a sustainable water future. From mid- 2022 onwards, we will be upgrading existing water infrastructure and adding additional water supply assets to preserve, protect and sustainably manage our key water sources.
Council’s water supply network is ageing and needs to be upgraded. Parts of our water supply network pipework is leaking and many of our bores are over 50 years old which affects our ability to efficiently extract, treat, pump, store and supply water through the existing water supply network. Currently, we can only supply around 70% of our total water capacity. Climate change forecasts predict that rainfall will decline, while severe fires and extreme weather events are likely to increase, affecting demand for water in a changing climate.
Parkes Shire Council has secured funding worth approximately $61M from State and Federal government sources as well as accumulating our own reserves. This includes state government funding from the Safe and Secure Water Program ($22M) and federal government funding from the Building Better Regions ($6M) and Regional Recovery Partnerships ($5M). The project is fully funded and will not impact water rates and charges.
The Parkes Water Security Program involves a package of construction projects to ensure Parkes Shire has a reliable water supply to meet forecast demand.
Lachlan River Pre-Treatment Plant A new pre-treatment plant to treat raw river water located at the Lachlan River Pump Station. Benefits Lachlan River Pump Station […]
Raw Water Storage Lagoon An additional 20ML of raw water storage upstream of the Water Treatment Plant. Benefits Additional water storage for future growth Increases […]
Lachlan River Intake Augmentation and Lachlan Aquifer Augmentation of the existing Lachlan River Pump Station and site investigation for an additional Lachlan aquifer bore. Benefits […]
New Pump Stations Two new pump stations, one on Eugowra Road and the other on Akuna Road. Benefits The new pump station at Eugowra Road […]
The Lachlan Pipeline Duplication Duplication of 30km of raw water transfer pipeline from Eugowra Road Pump Station to the Parkes Water Treatment Plant. Benefits Duplication […]