THE two-phase Parkes Wastewater Treatment Plant and Recycled Water Scheme project is going swimmingly, with the Advanced Water Recycling Facility in Parkes complete and the construction of a purpose-built irrigation pipeline under way.

Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development and Federal Member for Riverina Michael McCormack said the pipeline, designed to use recycled water for irrigation around Parkes, will have many flow-on benefits for the community.

“This scheme will result in a number of positive environmental outcomes, enabling 100 per cent re-use of water waste,” Mr McCormack said.

“Through the delivery of recycled water to sports grounds and public spaces, residents and visitors to Parkes will be able to enjoy lush drought-proof parks and gardens.

“In addition to significantly reducing the operational costs of maintaining parks and gardens, the scheme offsets the demand for drinking water – enabling optimal water quality during times of peak demand.”

Parkes Mayor Ken Keith OAM thanked the Federal Government for partnering with Parkes Shire Council to establish a Recycled Water Scheme. 

“This investment demonstrates the Australian Government's commitment to regional communities like Parkes, a thriving regional centre, where access to clean, safe, sustainable water is crucial for long-term viability,” Cr Keith said.

“Water security in a changing climate is a key issue facing many communities and we are incredibly proud to be delivering such a visionary project that will strengthen our water supply and reduce demand on stressed natural water sources.

“This scheme will provide tremendous benefits to Parkes, creating an entirely new local, drought-proof water supply and allow us to maintain our public greenspaces even during the driest times.”

The project was jointly funded with the Liberal and Nationals’ Government investing $8,725,000 and the Parkes Shire Council $12,175,000.

Shane Manning