Bridgewater on Loddon is a town in north central Victoria, Australia. The town is located on the Calder Highway, 40 kilometres north west of Bendigo, in the Loddon Shire astride the Loddon River. Bridgewater On Loddon has a population of 3601.

The rural area which surrounds Bridgewater on Loddon is named simply "Bridgewater".


Water supply

The Bridgewater system serves the townships of Inglewood and Bridgewater.  It is part of the Loddon System.

The water supply system serves the local residents as well as commercial and industrial customers with around 425 connections.

Raw water comes from the Loddon River at Bridgewater and is pumped 1.2 kilometres to the treatment plant.

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


Water treatment

The Bridgewater-Inglewood Water Treatment plant is located in Bridgewater. The raw water is stored in two settling ponds which can hold a combines total of 20ML

The water is treated by clarification, filtration, pH correction and disinfection. If required, blue green algae is removed by a carbon filter.

The treatment plant has a capacity to treat 2.6 megalitres per day.

The treatment plant was upgraded in 2009 to improve water quality due to a reduction in raw water quality and a desalination plant was constructed to manage the extremely raw water supply from the Loddon River.

Treated water is transferred to two clearwater storage tanks each with a capacity of 82 kilolitres. Water is then pumped via the Inglewood pumping station to the 1.9 megalitres roofed and concrete lined Inglewood service basin and the Bridgewater and Inglewood reticulation systems. When the basin is full the pump shuts off and both towns are gravity fed from the basin.

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


Projects, planned works and standpipes

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Bridgewater Water Main Replacement



Where does my sewage go?

Wastewater from Bridgewater and Inglewood townships is collected via four pumping stations through a sewer network of around 30 kilometres. The system was constructed in 2000.

What happens at the water reclamation plant?

The Bridgewater-Inglewood water reclamation plant is locate down the Calder Highway at Bridgewater.

The plant consists of two lagoons with a combine total area of four hectares. Wastewater is first treated in the facultative lagoon which hold around 40 megalitres. The second lagoon is a combined maturation/winter storage and has a capacity of 80 megalitres.

The plant has a capacity to treat around 0.2 megalitres per day. The treated water is disposed of through evaporation or discharged onto the surrounding onsite farmland.



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.



Arnold Road, Bridgewater (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.


Bridgewater 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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