Council runs the Water Sensitive Urban Design Workshop Series twice a year. Visit this page for workshop dates and details.
In the past, urban stormwater drrainage systems were designed mainly to prevent flooding by transporting stormwater run-off as quickly as possible into the nearest natural waterway.
Stormwater run-off carries with it a range of pollutants – including litter, garden fertilizers, animal faeces, silt, vegetation, and pollutants from sewer outflows and vehicles. This puts great stress on the waterway resulting in algal blooms, ecosystem breakdown and polluted rivers and beaches.
Many people want to use local waterways for recreation, such as swimming in the Cooks River.
Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) is most simply defined as the sustainable management of water within urban areas through intelligent and integrated design. It looks at the urban water cycle as a whole, taking into account three water sources readily available in urban areas:
The aims of water sensitive urban design are to:
Council is incorporating Water Sensitive Urban Design right across the local area through subcatchment management planning and Council's Strategy for a Water Sensitive Community. Here are some of Council's WSUD projects already installed.
Tempe Lands wetlands
Hill Street rain garden, Marrickville
Tennyson Street rain garden, Marrickville
Thornley Street rain garden, Marrickville
Living Lane program, Wilford Lane, Newtown
Permeable car park, Tom Foster Community Centre, Newtown
Council works with community on supporting WSUD solutions on private property. These are some of the things you can do:
Here are some recent community WSUD projects:
Rain garden, Gould Avenue, Lewisham
Rain garden, Crawford Place, Marrickville
Rain garden, Tom Foster Community Centre, Newtown
Rain garden, Gladstone Street, Newtown
For more information on Water Sensitive Urban Design contact Council's Water and Catchments Coordinator or phone 9335 2104.
Council has published a design manual to integrate rain gardens and WSUD facilities as the standard design approach to stormwater management and treatment.
The primary target audience for this manual is design staff and consultants directly involved in the detailed design process for rain gardens – such as stormwater and drainage engineers, civil engineers and landscape architects. It may also be useful for a broader audience looking for guidance or details about how rain gardens may impact on their work.