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Water Sensitive Urban Design

Water Sensitive Urban Design

We prepare Melbourne Water STORM reports or Insite Water reports to demonstrate best practice in Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD). Design elements used in WSUD include:

  • Rainwater Tanks (plumbed to toilet & laundry)
  • Rain Gardens
  • Permeable Paving
  • Soakage/Infiltration Pits

Water Sensitive Urban Design. It is an approach to urban design and management that recognizes the integral relationship between water and the built environment, and seeks to manage stormwater as a resource rather than a waste product. This involves incorporating features such as rain gardens, green roofs, and permeable pavements into the design of urban areas to promote infiltration, evaporation, and transpiration of stormwater, reducing runoff and improving water quality. The Victorian Planning Provisions (VPP) - sets the framework for sustainable urban water management in Victoria, including the use of WSUD principles in new developments.

Best Practice Environmental Management Guidelines are:

  • 80% retention of the typical urban annual load for Total Suspended Solids (TSS)
  • 45% retention of the typical urban annual load for Total Phosphorus (TP)
  • 45% retention of the typical urban annual load for Total Nitrogen (TN)
  • 70% retention of the typical urban annual load for gross pollutants (litter).