The culmination of approximately six months of work by John Holland and spe- cialist reservoir builder, Hornick Construc- tion, saw the final concrete pour completed on the potable water reservoirs. The two 2.7 mega-litre reservoirs have approximately 60 tonne of steel reinforcement, encased in 300 cubic metres of concrete.
Parkes Shire Council’s Director Infrastructure, Andrew Francis said this phase of the project saw locally procured materials and suppliers used.
“The concrete for the structures was supplied by Parkes Ready Mix Concrete, while other regionally-based operators, such as K & H Geotechnical Services, Blayney Cranes as well as concreters and steel- fixers from Parkes and Orange, provided their materials and skills to the project,” Andrew said.
According to Andrew, the treated water storage tank was the first of the two res- ervoirs constructed and is currently having the aluminium roof members installed.
“Once completed, the roofing team will move onto the high level reservoir, with the scheduled date for the completion of both roof installations 21st February.”
The existing WTP has insufficient capac- ity to meet the projected demand for water of the Parkes and Peak Hill urban areas into the future. The new WTP will provide a safe, secure and reliable water supply for the two towns. This will ensure the towns continue to grow and attract new business and residents. For more information about the new Parkes Water Treatment Plant, visit www.parkes.nsw.gov.au.