Water Sensitive SA

Our strategy to mainstream WSUD


Water sensitive communities that support cooler, greener, wilder – more sustainable and resilient places to live and work.


To support government, industry and community to mainstream water sensitive urban design (WSUD) and integrated water management (IWM) practices that enhance wellbeing and ecological health.

Strategic shifts

LIVEABLE Communities connect with and value the role of WSUD and alternative water supplies in supporting healthy landscapes and living systems.
RESILIENT Urban landscape climate resilience is enhanced through the application of WSUD and IWM.
SUSTAINABLE Urban watercourses, coastal areas and marine environments exhibit high aquatic and biodiversity values.
PRODUCTIVE Business, enhanced through urban greening, and food production are sustained using WSUD and alternative water supplies.



BENEFITS OF WSUD ARE UNDERSTOOD Increased awareness and understanding of benefits of WSUD and how it can be implemented.
INFORMED DECISION MAKERS Organisational culture embraces the inclusion of WSUD in future investments.
WSUD IN POLICY Performance-based WSUD and green infrastructure (GI) policies are embedded within the SA planning system and associated guidelines.
GREY TO GREEN WSUD is integrated into asset renewal, capital works projects, urban development, and retrofit of existing homes and gardens.
EFFECTIVE APPLICATION Practitioners apply best practice WSUD and IWM strategies effectively to achieve desired water quality, flood management, water conservation and urban greening objectives.


Acknowledgement of Country

Water Sensitive SA acknowledges Aboriginal people as the First Peoples and Nations of the lands and waters we live and work upon, and we pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging. We acknowledge and respect the deep spiritual connection and the relationship that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have to Country.