Sewerage services and infrastructure supplied by Council for our community.
Parkes Shire Council provides sewerage services to the towns of Parkes, Peak Hill, Trundle and Tullamore.
To apply to connect to Council's Sewer system, please download and complete the application form and lodge at Council with the fee.
Currently Parkes Council owns and operates four (4) Sewage Treatment Works. Trundle and Tullamore are passive oxidation ponds, while the Peak Hill plant is a typical bacteria bed (trickling filter) system. The new Parkes Sewage Treatment Plant is based on an aerobic biological process produces high quality effluent.
The Parkes Sewage Treatment Plant is being completed as part of the mulit-award winning Parkes Integrated Water Cycle Infrastructure Renewal projects. The new STP cost $27.5 million and replaces the 80 year-old facility on Nash Street.
The Peak Hill STW was constructed in the 1960s and has operated essentially unaltered since that time aside from significant safety works constructed in 2000.
The Tullamore STW was completed in 2008, and the Trundle STW in 2010, at a combined cost of $1.5 million. Sewering of the two towns was undertaken over the same period costing $5 million.
More information about Parkes and Peak Hill Sewerage Services can be found in the Parkes and Peak Hill Sewerage Services document.
The new Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) is nearing completion. It began processing the town's wastewater on Monday 7 July 2017 and is currently in the commissioning phase as the treatment process transitions from the old site to the new facility. It will be officially opened in early 2018.
The new plant uses an aerobic biological process that removes nutrients, organic, and inorganic compounds from the wastewater. The treatment uses oxygen and specialised bacteria to breakdown the organic components from the wastewater, producing a high quality effluent that is suitable for a range of reuse applications and environmental discharge.
The new Sewage Treatment Plant provides a range of benefits to the community including; reduction of odours, improvements in effluent quality, and increased operational efficiency. The plant operates with a high level of automation which supports remote monitoring, substantially reduce day-to-day manual handling. The automation also optimises energy efficiency, and coupled with the site's 100MW PV (solar) panels, the plant's ongoing energy costs are sustainable.
The upgrade also increases capacity; the new plant is a 15,000 EP (equivalent people) treatment plant, which can be upgraded to 20,000 EP to accommodate population growth.
The state-of-the-art facility was constructed by contractor John Holland at a cost of $27.5 million. The NSW Government contributed just over $9.44 million through the Country Towns Water Supply and Sewerage Program, representing 38% of the cost.
The new STP is located on Akuna Road, Parkes. It replaces the 80 year-old Parkes Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) on Nash Street, which was constructed in 1936. Council's newest asset will provide Parkes with reliable, robust, and sustainable sewage management into the future.
To maximise the value of the construction of both the water and sewage treatment plant projects for its community, Council used unique and progressive tendering methods not usually undertaken by local government. Council used the Early Contractor Involvement process, followed by developing a framework in line with NSW Government procurement policy. This process has allowed Council to be confident of the price of the projects and deliver a saving of $8m, as risks of project have already been mitigated.
Parkes Shire Council is also working in partnership with the contractor, John Holland, to achieve a sustainability rating for both the water and sewage treatment plant projects through the Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA).
The ISCA rating scheme offers a voluntary sustainability performance evaluation of the planning, design, construction and operation of all infrastructure asset classes. To date, only two water treatment facilities and one sewage treatment plant have been certified under the scheme. Our projects have been registered to pursue Infrastructure Sustainability as Built and Operation ratings. The projects will be tracked collaboratively throughout construction and commissioning and the costs of pursuing the rating will be shared between Council and the contractor. Accordingly a joint sustainability policy and a joint sustainability management plan have been developed for the combined projects.
The Review of Environmental Factors (REF) for the STP is available below.