Maldon

Maldon is a town in Victoria, in the Mount Alexander Shire local government area. It has been designated "Australia's first notable town" and is notable for its 19th-century appearance, maintained since gold-rush days.

Maldon has a population of of around 1,450 and is about 20km north west of Castlemaine and 40 kilometres from Bendigo's CBD.

The district where Maldon now stands was first discovered by white Europeans in 1836, during Major Thomas Mitchell's famous Victorian expedition. It was settled soon afterwards by pastoralists, and two sheep runs were established in the area, at the foot of Mount Tarrangower. In December 1853, gold was discovered at Cairn Curran (the name given to one of the sheep runs), and Maldon became a part of the Victorian Gold Rush.

 

Water supply

The McCay system services the townships of Castlemaine (which includes Campbells Creek, Chewton, Fryerstown, Guildford and Harcourt) Elphinstone, Taradale, Maldon and Newstead.

Maldon is part of the Coliban System (Southern).

Raw water is sourced from the McCay Reservoir which has a capacity of around 1360 megalitres. The reservoir is located approximately 3.5 kilometres east of Chewton and is filled from the Malmsbury Reservoir via the Coliban Main Channel.

A trunk main from the McCay pipeline extends to McKenzies Hill where it branches to supply Newstead and Maldon.

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

 

Water treatment

Raw water for the townships in this system is treated at the water tratment plant located at the McCay Reservoir. The treatment process comprises microfiltration, flocculation, ozonation, pH correction, fluoridation and disinfection before storage in a 6 megalitres clearwater tank. The plant has a capacity to treat 18 megalitres a day.

 

Projects, planned works and standpipes


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The Maldon standpipe on Fountain Street

 

Wastewater

Where does my sewage go?


Wastewater is collected from Castlemaine, Campbells Creek, Chewton, Harcourt, Newstead and Maldon and is delivered to the Water Reclamation Plant, located in Langslow Street on the west bank of Campbells Creek.

There are 155km of gravity mains and 3km of rising mains in the Castlemaine wastewater system.

The sewer systems for Castlemaine, Chewton and Campbells Creek were constructed in 1939.

The system also collects wastewater from commercial sites in accordance with trade waste agreements and consents. These businesses range in size from cafes to large industries such as Don KR, the local smallgoods manufacturer.

 

What happens at the water reclamation plant?

Water is treated through a series of processes including screening, biological nutrient removal, aeration, chemical dosing, clarification and UV disinfection.

The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) Victoria licence allows discharge of Class B reclaimed water to Campbells Creek. Around 5 to 10% of this water is provided to the Castlemaine Golf Club for irrigation and a small quantity is taken from a standpipe by local contractors for dust suppression and construction works.

Biosolids produced at Castlemaine are treated and then applied to land by farmers to derive the benefit from the associated nutrients.

The EPA 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.

 

Standpipes

Fountain Street, Maldon (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.

 

Maldon 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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