Heathcote is a town in central Victoria, situated on the Northern Highway, around 40 kilometres south-east of Bendigo via the McIvor Highway.

Heathcote's local government area is the City of Greater Bendigo and it is part of the federal electorate of Bendigo and the state electorate of Rodney. Heathcote has a population of around 2,800 people.

The first European known to have visited the district was Major Thomas Mitchell in 1836. By 1851 about 400 Europeans lived on some 16 pastoral properties in the area.


Water supply

The Coliban System (Northern) serves the local population including commercial and industrial customers with around 1,150 connections.

When raw water is sourced from Lake Eppalock it is pumped via a 24 kilometre pipeline and stored in the Caledonia Reservoir approximately five kilometres south of the town.

Diagram of Where your water comes from (PDF 6.8MB)

For further water resource information on the Coliban System (Northern) see our monthly Water Summaries.

Water treatment

The Heathcote water treatment plant can treat up to 6.5 megalitres per day. The water is treated by coagulation, flocculation, clarification and filtration after which it is disinfected and stored in a roofed clearwater tank which has a capacity of 91 kilolitres.

The treated water is pumped from the clearwater storage to an elevated 1.6 megalitre storage tank and distributed to the Heathcote and Tooborac townships

Diagram of How your water is treated (PDF 5.5MB)

Full list of water treatment processes and added substances at out plants.


Projects, planned works and standpipes

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Where does my sewage go?

Wastewater from around 800 customers is treated at the Heathcote Water Reclamation Plant three kilometres south west of the township.

Wastewater is collected via two pump stations and 20 kilometres of gravity mains and three kilometres of rising mains.

What happens at the water reclamation plant?

The plant is a lagoon system. Sewage is treated through a two hectare lagoon system and is then kept in a storage lagoon in readiness for irrigation at the Heathcote Golf Course.

The treatment lagoons are periodically desludged and the biosolids are beneficially reused for agricultural purposes.

The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) Victoria licence specifies conditions for the management of emissions from the site including wastewater quality and odour.


Water restrictions

Permanent Water Saving Rules (PWSR) apply.

PWSR are a set of five common sense water rules that are in place at all times when water restrictions are not in force.



Herriot Street, Heathcote (Google Map)

High Street, Heathcote (Google Map)


Pricing information


Currently our region is divided into two separate pricing districts: Central and Northern. Fixed charges remain the same across both pricing districts but customers in each district pay a different rate per kilolitre of water used.


Heathcote is in our Central District which covers our Bendigo, Castlemaine and Kyneton areas, Pyramid Hill, Lockington and towns near the Loddon River.

For full details see our Pricing information page.





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