Parkes Sewage Treatment Plant Technical Tour

Last Thursday, the Central West Engineers Australia organised a half day technical site visit to the newly built water treatment facility in Parkes. In collaboration with Parkes Shire Council, Charles Sturt University (CSU) and IPWEA, it was a great event providing technical exposure and insight into the water treatment infrastructure at Parkes.

The event began with a presentation by Andrew Francis from Parkes Shire Council, highlighting the new developments occurring in and around Parkes, including the Parkes Special Activation Precinct. The event also included short introductions from the co-organisers, Young IPWEA and CSU Engineering.

Next, we toured the Parkes Sewage Treatment Plant, which was completed as part of the muli-award winning Parkes Integrated Water Infrastructure Renewal Program and replaces an 80 years old facility.

A few of us also visited the Sewage Treatment Plant, which uses an aerobic biological process to produce high quality effluent (treated wastewater) that is safe for discharge to the environment. An Advanced Water Recycling Facility has been constructed adjacent to the Parkes Sewage Treatment Plant, which provides additional treatment to the effluent, producing high quality recycled water for irrigation.

The tour was thoroughly enjoyed by all that attended. We would like to say a huge thank you to Parkes Shire Council, Charles Sturt University (CSU) and IPWEA in organising the tour and we look forward to the next site tour opportunity.

Photo credit - Dr Annalisa Contos