A new Advanced Water Recycling Facility in Parkes, New South Wales, will produce high-quality recycled water for irrigation purposes and reduce commercial demand for potable water.
The facility will reduce the need to pump water 25km from Lake Endeavour Dam, and 30km from the Lachlan River and Lachlan Borefields, saving money and providing substantial energy savings for the community.
The facility is phase one of a three-phase Wastewater Treatment Plant and Recycled Water Scheme development.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Michael McCormack, said the project gave the region greater water security into the future.
Member for Riverina said, “Water is the lifeblood of our regional towns and cities, and the Advanced Water Recycling Facility will ensure Parkes can thrive into the future.”
“Not only will it leave more water available for domestic use, it will also provide a water source that is drought-resistant.”
Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government, John McVeigh, said the project represented a major investment in local jobs and the region’s economic future.
“This project will deliver substantial benefits to the Parkes community, supporting 61 jobs during construction,” Dr McVeigh said.
Deputy Mayor of Parkes Shire Council, Barbara Newton, said the Advanced Water Recycling Facility provides state-of-the-art treatment to produce high-quality recycled water.
“It creates an entirely new water source for the town, allowing us to maintain our parks and sporting grounds year round, while reducing the demand on potable water,” Ms Newton said.
“This will provide water security and build community capacity, positioning Parkes well into the future.”