Parkes has a brand-new water source producing up to two megalitres of water per day which is equal to two Olympic size swimming pools of water.
The new water recycling scheme, designed to conserve water, was officially opened last Friday
Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development and Member for Riverina Michael McCormack said the scheme would create an entirely new water source and relieve stress on Parkes’ water supply.
“By replacing potable water used to maintain the town’s public spaces with recycled water, Parkes will be able to handle the extra demand placed on its water supply.”
Mayor of Parkes Shire Council Ken Keith said water security was one of the key issues facing rural communities, and the new, local water source would help service the needs of the community.
“Not only does the scheme reuse water that would otherwise be wasted, it’s supported by solar power to offset the energy costs of treating and transporting water, which reduces our greenhouse gas emissions,” the Mayor said.
“The recycled water scheme strengthens the town’s water security at a time when Parkes is on the cusp of significant economic development and ensures Council’s green spaces are climate resilient.”
The project was jointly funded with the Federal Government investing $8,725,000 million, and Parkes Shire Council contributing $12,175,000.
By Maggi Barnard