As our suburbs, towns and cities grow we need to find new ways to manage urban water.
This website assists councils to improve how urban water is considered when making decisions across a range of local government activities.
How we source, use and dispose of water has social, economic and environmental impacts beyond the actual 'footprint' of our suburbs, towns and cities. As urban areas grow greater pressure is placed on the catchments that supply our water and the waterways that carry and receive urban stormwater drainage.
Striking a balance between development and the health of our catchments requires a new approach.
Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) is about planning, designing and building homes, subdivisions, suburbs, towns and cities that are sensitive to the ecological needs of the waterways that we value so much.
The webpages outline key considerations for council decision making and project development. The Resource Library gives practitioners access to relevent WSUD literature from across Australia. We've selected some of the most practical, credible guidance we know of that is relevant to local government in NSW.
Concept Design Guidelines for Water Sensitive Urban Design
Assists urban design professionals to conceptualise and develop design solutions that integrate best-practice urban water management into urban developments.
Landcom -Water Sensitive Urban Design – book 1 - DRAFT POLICY
Landcom’s draft Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) Policy is set in 4 Books. Book 1 outlines quantitative WSUD targets for water conservation, stormwater pollution control and flow management.