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Malmsbury is in the Macedon Ranges Shire, close to the Coliban River. When gold was discovered in 1858 the town became a service centre for diggers travelling to Bendigo and Castlemaine. Today, Malmsbury has a population of around 600 people.

The Traditional Owners of the land are the Dja Dja Wurrung people.

You can view the latest Water Summary for Malmsbury here.

Water Supply

Coliban System (Southern) - supplies Castlemaine, Kyneton, Maldon, Newstead, Malmsbury, Harcourt, Elphinstone, Tylden and Taradale. Raw water is supplied by our Coliban River catchment storages: Upper Coliban, Lauriston and Malmsbury Reservoirs, located near Kyneton and the Coliban River.

Water Treatment

Water is treated at the Kyneton Water Treatment Plant.

The Water Treatment Process (PDF 43KB) includes coagulation/ flocculation, ultra filtration, , ozonation, BAC filtration, pH correction, fluoridation and disinfection.



Sewage is treated at the Kyneton Water Reclamation Plant (WRP).

The sewer system includes 80km of gravity mains, 11km of rising mains and 13 pump stations.

What happens at the water reclamation plant

Sewage is treated through a series of processes including solids screening, biological nutrient removal, aeration, clarification, micro-screening and UV disinfection.

The WRP produces Tertiary Treated Water which supplied as class B recycled water to irrigate the Kyneton racecourse, sports grounds and botanic gardens. The plant also produces class C recycled water which is used for onsite irrigation. 

We are also licensed by the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) Victoria to release Tertiary Treated Water to the Campaspe River.


The nearest standpipes to Malmsbury are:

  • Roderick Street, Taradale
  • Kyneton-Redesdale Road (saleyards), Kyneton

For more information on standpipes and how to use them, see water carting.

Projects and planned works

We plan projects and works to maintain and improve our services. Find out more about our current projects or planned works in our region.


Last updated on 01 Apr 2020
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