Rochester is a small town in country Victoria.. It is located 60 kilometres north east of Bendigo, with a mixture of rural and semi-rural communities on the northern Campaspe River, between Bendigo and the Murray River port of Echuca.

Rochester is in the Campaspe Shire and has a population of around 3,000.

Rochester (via Rowechester) was named after Dr John Pearson Rowe, who had a hotel here before the township was gazetted in 1855.

In January 2011, Rochester was flooded with around 80 per cent of the town inundated with water from the Campaspe River.


Water supply

The Goulburn System services the local Rochester population as well as commercial and industrial customers with around 1,500 connections.

Water is pumped from Goulburn Murray Water's Waranga Western Main Channel, approximately 2 kilometres north of the town.

For further water resource information on the Goulburn System see our monthly Water Summaries.


Water treatment

The Rochester Water Treatment Plant is located in the centre of Rochester.

In July 2012 we carried out a major upgrade project at the plant. This $7.6 million project improved and updated treatment processes on site that allow the plant to continue to operate and supply high quality water to customers when we experience significant changes in the raw water supply.

The upgrade also caters for additional growth in the Rochester area.

We installed a more robust treatment system, which included new filtration processes and upgrades to the sand filtration system.

The Zeglin Road pump station was upgraded to improve raw water supply operations and the structure was raised above flood level.

Improvements were made to the existing power supply at the plant, with the substation also raised above flood level.

Flood mitigation works were part of this project, with the major component being the construction of a 1.85 metre high precast concrete flood barrier around the water treatment plant site.


Projects, planned works and standpipes

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Rochester Water Treatment Plant Upgrade



Where does my sewage go?

Wastewater is collected via 14 pump stations and approximately 30 kilometres of sewer mains and transferred to the Rochester Water Reclamation Plant.

What happens at the water reclamation plant?

The Rochester Water Reclamation Plant was commissioned in early 2014 and is operated by Water Infrastructure Group (WI Group) on behalf of Coliban Water.

Wastewater is treated using a membrane bioreactor process. Wastewater is treated to Class B standard and piped to storage lagoons at Singers Road around eight kilometres north of the Rochester plant and supplied to local irrigators. The facility currently treats around 300 megalitres annually.

WI Group holds the the Environment Protection Authority Victoria licence which 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.



Campaspe Street (saleyards), Rochester
(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.


Rochester is in our Northern District which covers our towns along the Murray River – Rochester, Echuca, Cohuna, Leitchville and Gunbower.

For full details see our Pricing information page.




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