Recycled water now flowing through pipeline to Armstrong Park and town entry garden

RECYCLED WATER: The Parkes Golf Club was the first site to receive the new recycled water in town. Photo: Submitted
RECYCLED WATER: The Parkes Golf Club was the first site to receive the new recycled water in town. Photo: Submitted

Parkes' new Recycled Water Scheme is one step closer, with recycled water now in the pipeline for Armstrong Park and the new town entry garden.

Parkes Shire Council has announced its construction on the Recycled Water Rising Main is complete, with the 12 kilometres of purple pipeline spanning from the Advanced Water Recycling Facility in Akuna Road, past the cemetery, and connecting with selected public green spaces around town.

The project included the construction of a reservoir in Nash Street and pump stations at Nash Street, Renshaw McGirr Way and the recycling facility.

Commissioning and testing began at Armstrong Park on August 26.

The process has involved connecting the new pipeline to the existing irrigation system, pressure testing and ensuring the system is working effectively.

Council said the connections will progress site by site, with other parks and sporting fields switching to recycled water in the coming months.

Parkes Shire Council's Director of Infrastructure, Andrew Francis said it's a timely finish ahead of the next irrigation season.

"The good news is that we are on track to be turning on the purple taps as we move into summer, so our parks and ovals will be irrigated with recycled water during peak water demand," he said.

"The scheme ensures our sporting amenities can maintained through dry times like we are experiencing at the moment, and will ease pressure on our drinking water supplies.

"Parkes Shire residents will be able to enjoy public green spaces no matter what the forecast holds."

Mr Francis said irrigation will be scheduled at night, although testing may take place during business hours as the commissioning takes place.

He said while recycled water is safe for irrigation, it is not suitable for human consumption and residents are advised to avoid direct contact with sprinkler sprays.

The $20.9m Recycled Water Scheme is jointly funded through the Australian Government and Parkes Shire Council.

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