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New housing developments

Some new housing developments in Bendigo have access to recycled water. These include:

  • Evergreen Waters and Evergreen Links in Jackass Flat
  • Peppercorn Estate in White Hills.

Customers will be connected to drinking water (potable) as well as to recycled water.

To change an existing connection

Apply directly to Coliban Water using the Water and Sewer Connection online form.

To complete the application, you'll need:

  • a copy of the land title
  • proof of ownership
  • building plan (both site plan and floor plan)

The property owner will be charged an application fee of $74.34. If other fees apply, we'll contact you.

Once we get your form and payment, we'll process your application within 10 business days.

Note: Water access charges start from the date of application approval.

Builders and developers

Builders and developers looking for more information about connecting to the recycled water supply, refer to connect a property.

Use recycled water for

  • watering gardens, including vegetable gardens (vegetables should be washed with drinking water before being eaten)
  • flushing toilets
  • general outdoor use such as car washing and dust suppression
  • fire-fighting
  • water features and ornamental ponds
  • irrigation of human food crops and pasture/fodder for livestock (excluding pigs)
  • pet and livestock (excluding pigs) drinking water

Don’t use recycled water for

  • drinking
  • cooking or in the kitchen
  • bathing or showering
  • filling swimming pools or spas
  • evaporative coolers
  • children’s water toys
  • anything to do with pigs

Although our recycled water is treated to very high standards, it isn't treated to Australian Drinking Water Guidelines so it's not suitable for drinking, cooking or bathing. For this reason, it's also not suitable for swimming pools or spas, water toys or playing under sprinklers since significant amounts of water can be swallowed.

If you accidentally drink it, don't panic. The likelihood of illness is extremely low. Contact your doctor if you feel ill.

Your responsibilities

If you're connected to recycled water, you must:

  • Have easy to read signs above your taps. 
  • Tell visitors and family members how they can and can't use recycled water.
  • Make sure all plumbing work is done by a licensed plumber who knows your property is connected to recycled water.
  • Use purple removable taps and handles for recycled water supplies and remove the taps when not in use. (You can find removable taps at plumbing supply shops).
  • Do a recycled water connection test every year to make sure your plumbing is connected to the right water supply.

Recycled water cost

See fees and charges for details about the cost of recycled water.


Last updated on 28 Jul 2023
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