Water Sensitive Urban Design

What is WSUD?

Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) is a set of principles that can be applied to sustainably manage water, providing opportunities for the development industry, local government and their communities to achieve more liveable cities with vibrant and healthy waterways. 

Urban development using conventional approaches can have a negative impact on the natural water cycle. WSUD seeks to minimise this impact by integrating developments with a site’s natural features and promoting the integration of stormwater, water supply and sewage management.

Application of these principles provides a cost-effective means to minimise impacts of development on waterways, provide places that are cooler and greener, and engage communities that are healthier and more connected to their waterways.

What we do

Previously we have identified that a lack of capacity (willingness and ability), unsupportive organisational cultures, and restrictive policy environments can limit the potential for the WSUD approach to achieve desirable outcomes.  In some instances, poor outcomes frustrate the land development industry and local governments, whilst our community bears the social and economic costs.

Healthy Waterways works to improve the implementation of WSUD practice through our internationally-recognised and nationally awarded Water by Design Program. The program delivers and supports guidelines and training courses, along with initiatives such as Living Waterways which have won numerous awards and acclaim from our members and stakeholders.

WSUD Training

Healthy Waterways supports industry and government to implement best practice stormwater management and Water Sensitive Urban Design through a range of training courses provided throughout the year.

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Living Waterways

Living Waterways is a best practice environmental management approach that assists practitioners and government to deliver enduring and affordable outdoor spaces which engage the surrounding communities. 

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Stormwater Compliance

Healthy Waterways recommend using MUSIC v5 or v6 to ensure compliance with stormwater pollutant load reduction. We are seeking informal feedback to objectives that deliver the best outcome in a cost-effective way.

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