Water Sensitive SA

What is water sensitive urban design?

Water-sensitive urban design (WSUD):  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 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.

What is water sensitive urban design? (Source: www.ciria.org, UK – 4 minute video)

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)

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