Parkes Shire Council wins water management award

Parkes Shire Council's Director of Infrastructure Andrew Francis was presented a Local Government NSW Excellence in the Environment Award on Wednesday.
Parkes Shire Council's Director of Infrastructure Andrew Francis was presented a Local Government NSW Excellence in the Environment Award on Wednesday.

Parkes Shire Council has made another splash at the Local Government NSW Excellence in the Environment Awards, this time in the water management category.

Parkes was among nine councils to be recognised on Wednesday, with the Parkes Integrated Water Infrastructure Renewal Project earning council the top award.

The awards, which were hosted by radio presenter Adam Spencer in Sydney, acknowledge outstanding achievements by local government in managing and protecting the environment.

Council’s Water Infrastructure Renewal Project represents a raft of improvements across the town's entire water cycle with the aim to provide the region with a safe and secure water supply into the future.

The project includes upgrades to the town's raw water supply infrastructure, as well as the construction of the new Water Treatment Plant and new Sewage Treatment Plant. The final stage will involve establishing a Water Recycling Scheme, which will provide an additional drought proof water source for municipal irrigation.

Director of Infrastructure Andrew Francis said the win recognises council’s efforts to provide Parkes and Peak Hill residents with best practice water and sewage services, and will support future population growth and economic development within the region.

“Council strives to be a leader in sustainability,” he said.

“This not only includes ensuring the security of our water supply in a changing climate, but also ensuring our infrastructure is resource and energy efficient, which is not only good for our environment, but is also cost effective.”

Residents are invited to see the award-winning infrastructure for themselves during a community open day on Saturday, November 4.

The new Water Treatment Plant will be open from 10am until 2pm with guided tours and giveaways.

The Sewage Treatment Plant will be open for guided tours between 2pm and 3pm.