Taradale is a small town in Victoria, with a population of around 460 people. It is located on the Calder Highway around 15 kilometres south east of Castlemaine. Its local government area is the Mount Alexander Shire.


Water supply

The McCay system services the townships of Castlemaine, Elphinstone, Taradale, Maldon and Newstead.

Taradale 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.

There are around 220 connections for Elphinstone and Taradale with both domestic, commercial and industrial customers.

For the 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 treatment plant located at the McCay Reservoir. The treatment process comprises microfiltration, flocculation, ozonation, pH correction, fluoridation and disinfection before storage in a 6 megalitre clearwater tank. The plant has a capacity to treat 18 megalitresa day.

Treated water is supplied to Elphinstone , Taradale and Tylden by a gravity mains from the two Elphinstone tanks, each with a capacity of 200 kilolitres.


Projects, planned works and standpipes

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Taradale Viaduct



There is no sewerage system for the township of Taradale.

Townships without sewerage systems generally have septic tanks or other onsite wastewater systems to treat and dispose of, or recycle domestic wastewater at unsewered sites.

There is an Environment Protection Authority (EPA) Victoria Code of Practice for Onsite Wastewater Management and the local councils are responsible for the developing and managing domestic wastewater programs and plans. Further information on onsite wastewater is available on the EPA website.


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.


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.


Taradale 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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