Leitchville was gazetted as a township in 1926 and has been the centre of the dairy industry in the Gannawarra Shire. It is located near the Murray River.

Low rainfall, moderate climatic conditions and the extensive irrigation systems create ideal conditions for dairy farming. Some of the highest production herds in Victoria are located in this region. Modern rotary dairies are becoming more popular as herd numbers increase.

Pig production is also significant in the Leitchville area.


Water supply

Leitchville is part of our Murray System. It serves a population of about 300 people as well as commercial and industrial customers with around 270 connections.

The Kraft Cheese factory which was responsible for half the town's water consumption closed in 2010.

Supply by agreement customers are serviced downstream of the urban water supply.

Water for Leitchville is normally pumped from the Cohuna channel. During winter months, raw water is also sourced from the Thompson Weir on Gunbower Creek if the channel is dry.

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


Water treatment

In 2011, we commenced works on a $9 million upgrade to the Leitchville Water Treatment Plant.

This project was completed in 2013 and delivered improved water quality to customers.

Improvements were made to the treatment processes on site and to operational flexibility to allows us to better manage fluctuating raw water quality experienced throughout the year.

A new membrane filtration and ultra-violet disinfection systems have been installed as well as a new 24 metre high water storage tank, which holds 250 kilolitres.

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


Projects, planned works and standpipes

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Leitchville Water Treatment plant upgrade




Where does my sewage go?

Wastewater from Leitchville and Gunbower is treated at the Gunbower/Leitchville Water Reclamation Plant located approximately four kilometres south of Gunbower.


What happens at the water reclamation plant?

Wastewater is treated at the plant through a lagoon system to a Class C standard. The system consists of two facultative lagoons, a maturation lagoon and winter storage lagoon and an irrigation system.

The Class C reclaimed water is evaporated or irrigated to farmland surrounding the site.

The facility currently treats around 40 megalitres annually.

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.



Recreation Reserve off Cohuna Island Road, Cohuna
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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.


Leitchville 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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