Water Sensitive SA

Priority project 01: The case for water sensitive urban design – cost-benefit analysis

Priority project 01: The case for water sensitive urban design – cost-benefit analysis

Objective Demonstrate the multiple benefits (including externalities) of incorporating WSUD into new developments and retrofit solutions while seeking the lowest community cost solutions to urban water management challenges
Deliverables A project analysis tool and reference document to inform policy and infrastructure management decisions that identifies

  • urban water management solutions with the lowest community cost
  • who pays
  • who benefits
  • what changes to the urban water cycle are required
  • what are the community benefits inform policy decisions and provide assurance for the development industry

The analysis will consider:

  • threats to communities (droughts, floods, heat waves, population growth, aging infrastructure, reduced livability and affordability)
  • financial cost and benefits
  • intangibles/externalities
  • DPTI methodology for economic analysis
  • DEWNR economic model for assessing WSUD projects (currently under development)
  • Research by Goyder Institute (Cuddy et al 2014, Marsden Jacob Associates, 2013, CRC for Water Sensitive Cities)
Delivery method Consultancy, overseen by Water Sensitive SA technical working group
Project completion date 12 April 2019
Delivery partners CRC for Water Sensitive Cities (project lead), Department for Environment and Water, DPTI (Planning Division), Green Infrastructure Project, AWRCoE
Target audience Policy makers, Minister, SA parliament, Councils, development industry

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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.