Water-sensitive urban design
Water-sensitive urban design (WSUD) promotes the sustainable use and re-use of water in urban development and buildings.
This type of design integrates the total water cycle and water from all sources, including rainwater, storm water, groundwater, mains water and waste water, into urban development and building processes.
WSUD measures and tools can be applied to residential, commercial and industrial developments and buildings. They range from the storage, treatment and use of runoff to water-efficient landscaping.
WSUD can help communities achieve greater water sustainability and become more pleasant places to live and work.
Technical manual for water-sensitive urban design in Greater Adelaide
The technical manual helps councils and planners apply WSUD to developments and buildings in Greater Adelaide. It includes information on legislative requirements, design processes and tools, construction, maintenance and operating requirements, some indicative costs, case studies and a list of useful resources.
The manual has been split into individual chapters for ease of downloading and includes summary sheets outlining each chapter's content. For an alternative version of these documents see Planning contacts.
Case studies of bio retention and swale systems
A series of case studies describe bioretention and swale systems in WSUD landscaping in public spaces in Greater Adelaide.
Each study details the plant species used, soil specifications, maintenance suggestions and the lessons learned. They indicate that the most important factors behind a well-functioning system are:
- the selection of appropriate plants
- good maintenance after establishment
- signage to inform workers and the public about the system.
- Bio retention Swale at Oaklands Station
- Bio retention Sump at Parafield Station
- Detention Swale at Goldenfields Reserve
- Bio-filter Swale at Bulkana Oval
- Doughty Street Retention Ponds
For an alternative version of these documents see Planning contacts.