Two of the largest projects ever to be delivered in the Parkes Shire with a combined cost of $70 million are nearing completion.
Contractors at both the new Water Treat- ment Plant (WTP) and Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) sites are completing the internal fit out of the buildings, as well as the mechanical and electrical installations in prepa- ration for commissioning.
“This is an exciting time for the staff and contractors on site as we prepare to switch over to the new systems in the coming weeks,” said Parkes Shire Council’s Director Infrastructure, Andrew Francis.
“Council is planning to host a public open day to provide Parkes Shire residents the opportunity to tour both sites and learn about the benefits of the new systems.”
Parkes residents may experience some changes with the commissioning of the STP at the end of May, and the WTP towards the end of June.
Andrew warned there might be disruptions to potable water services with the change over from the existing Water Treatment Plant to the new plant, but said advanced warning would be given to residents affect- ed. “Once commissioning is complete, residents can expect superior water quality and optimal pressure.”
He expected “no disruptions to household sewerage systems”. John Holland Project Manager, Peter Stark, said the team had enjoyed working on the projects over the past 12 months.
“We’re proud to have partnered with the Parkes Shire Council to deliver such a vital project.”
The new $40 million WTP will supply safe, secure and reliable water for the Parkes and Peak Hill communities, while the $30 million STP will replace the existing facility that was constructed in 1936.