Kyneton is a town in the Macedon Ranges region of Victoria around 65 kilometres south of Bendigo.

The Calder Freeway bypasses Kyneton to the north and east. The town was named after the English village of Kyneton, Warwickshire.

The town is the council seat of the Macedon Ranges Shire and has a population of around 9,000.

Kyneton is home to mineral springs, the Campaspe River, botanical gardens and historic houses, many with bluestone architecture.

Kyneton hosts several events during the year including the ANZAC Day parade, Kyneton Daffodil Festival, Kyneton Agricultural show and the Kyneton Cup.


Catchment storages

Our three major catchment storages on the Coliban River: Upper Coliban, Lauriston and Malmsbury, are close to the town of Malmsbury.

The latest reservoir volume levels, rainfall, inflows and releases can be found on our Water Resources page.

Our three main reservoirs previously contained 27 hectares (66.7 acres) of pine plantations in nine stands.

These plantations were established about 70 years ago. Their age and density made them prone to wind damage and we removed them as part of our Pine Safety Removal Project.

The areas will undergo revegetation works prior to being reopened to the public.

For more information see our Pine Safety Removal project page.


Water supply

The Kyneton system serves the townships of Kyneton, Malmsbury and Tylden.

The Coliban System (Southern) serves the local population as well as commercial and industrial customers with around 2,700 connections.

Water for the Kyneton system is drawn from the Lauriston Reservoir which has a capacity of 19,780 megalitres. Raw water is treated and delivered to the towns at several interface points.

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

Water treatment

The Kyneton Water Treatment Plant is located at the Lauriston Reservoir. The treatment process includes micro filtration, flocculation, ozonation, BAC filtration, pH correction, fluoridation and disinfection. The plant has a capacity to treat 7 megalitres a day.

Treated water is supplied to the townships via interface points at Tylden, Spring Hill Road system, Kyneton, Park Valley and Malmsbury.

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


Projects, planned works and standpipes

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Catchment storages



Where does my sewage go?

Wastewater from approximately 2,800 customers in Kyneton, Malmsbury, Trentham and Tylden is treated at the Kyneton Water Reclamation Plant, located north of Kyneton on the Kyneton-Redesdale Road.

The wastewater is collected via 13 pump stations and a sewer network comprising 80 kilometres gravity mains and 11 kilometres of rising mains.

The sewer system also collects wastewater from the Kyneton industrial estate including the Hardwicks abattoir and the livestock exchange.

What happens at the water reclamation plant?

The Kyneton Water Reclamation Plant consists of two systems.

Wastewater from the townships of Kyneton, Malmsbury, Trentham and Tylden is treated in the domestic wastewater treatment plant. The wastewater is treated through a series of processes that includes solids screening, biological nutrient removal, aeration, clarification, micro-screening and UV disinfection.

The Class B water produced is used to irrigate the Kyneton racecourse, sports grounds and botanic gardens as well as the extensive irrigation system on site at the water reclamation plant. In winter the majority of this water is stored in the on-site lagoons awaiting irrigation over summer or is discharged to the Campaspe River in accordance with the EPA licence. Sludge is stored in four lagoons.

Wastewater from the industrial estate along with septic tank waste delivered by local septic contractors is treated in a dedicated aerated lagoon/trickling filter system.

Sludge from the domestic and industrial treatment plants is periodically removed from the lagoons 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.



Kyneton-Redesdale Road (saleyards), Kyneton
(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.


Kyneton 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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