Water sensitive urban design (WSUD) is an approach to the planning and design of urban environments focused on integrating the urban water cycle (including potable water, wastewater and stormwater) with the built and natural urban landscape. It is linked to ecologically sustainable development, with a focus on the sustainable management of urban water resources and environmental protection, and the enhancement of socio-cultural conditions.
WSUD measures and technologies 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.
Principles of water sensitive urban design
- Re-integrate water back into urban landscape – create microclimate
- Re-use of water at source (or as close as possible)
- Protect receiving water quality (streams and marine)
- Fit-for-purpose water use
Understanding water words – glossary Making sense of the terminology – common words and terms used when we talk about water sensitive cities | Source: CRC for Water Sensitive Cities
What is water sensitive urban design? (4:15) | Source: www.ciria.org, UK