Water and waterways

You can enjoy many stream paths and stream side reserves in the City of Melton. The municipality is within the Werribee Catchment. The main river is the Werribee River which runs through Werribee Gorge. Tributaries of the Werribee River in the City of Melton are Djerriwarrh, Arnold, Toolern, Yangardook, Ryans and Little Blind Creeks. The Kororoit Creek flows from Toolern Vale through Caroline Springs then directly into Port Philip Bay.

The Melton Reservoir, which is also known as the Exford Weir (part of the Werribee River), is used for recreation and is managed by Southern Rural Water. Melton Reservoir also supplies the Werribee Irrigation District downstream for vegetable growing.

Get involved with waterwatch or frog watch and learn more about local frog species. You can also go bird watching and enjoy Wetland Birds. Platypus have been seen in several location in the City of Melton including the Toolern Creek. Several community groups are also involved in Waterwatch, testing local streams for water quality.

You can help the health of local streams (and Port Philip Bay) by:

  • not removing trees
  • picking up litter
  • washing your car on the lawn or at a proper car wash
  • having a raingarden
  • keeping your dog on a lead near streams and lakes

Water Conservation

The City of Melton is an area of low rainfall so conserving water is important. Please contact your water supply authority to find out the current water restrictions and other information on using water.

Several areas of the City of Melton are supplied with recycled water though a third (purple) pipe. Water in purple pipes should not be drunk.

Western Water has a Water Treatment plant at Surbiton Park that can be visited by arrangement.

Information about water tanks and grey water recycling can be obtained by contacting Council's Environment Education Officer on 9747 7200. 

Werribee River Shared Trail Strategy

The Werribee River Shared Trail Strategy is intended to provide a highly significant, long-term planning and design strategy aimed at the establishment of a regionally significant open space and recreational corridor along the Werribee River between Melton and Werribee. The Strategy is intended to deliver a comprehensive, well-informed and visionary plan which will enable State Government Agencies, Melton City and Wyndham City to progressively establish a new open space corridor which will provide a natural, cultural and recreational focus for current and future residents of this rapidly expanding area of metropolitan Melbourne.

Read the full strategy.(PDF, 30MB)