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Guidelines for the Model for Urban Stormwater Improvement Conceptualisation (MUSIC) for South Australia

Water Sensitive SA invites quotes for the development of guidelines for the calibration and application of the Model for Urban Stormwater Improvement Conceptualisation (MUSIC), a priority project within the Water Sensitive SA Business Plan and a key initiative required to support the mainstream adoption of water sensitive urban design (WSUD) and practice in South Australia.


MUSIC is a modelling tool that simulates the behaviour of stormwater in urban catchments, enabling estimation of the pollutant load emanating from the stormwater runoff associated with a development or catchment. It can be used to estimate the pollutant reduction capability of a range of stormwater treatment measures such as raingardens, wetlands, etc. MUSIC is widely accepted nationally as the preferred tool to demonstrate compliance of a development’s proposed stormwater treatment train with any stormwater run-off pollutant reduction targets policy applying to the area in the relevant locality.


To develop a guideline and related e-resources as a technical reference for MUSIC software users within South Australia.


Stage 1

  • MUSIC guidelines for South Australia, including MUSIC calibration input tables for the agreed specific zones for SA within the following regions:
    • Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management region
    • SA Murray-Darling Basin Natural Resources Management region
    • Northern and York Natural Resources Management region
    • Mount Gambier
    • Others determined in accordance recommendations within Section 4 (pp 53 – 95) of Myers et al (2015)

Stage 2

  • MUSIC electronic tools for SA
    • downloadable MUSIC input file of parameters calibrated each of the specified zones for SA to further assist the efficiency and accuracy of applying the MUSIC model to South Australia
    • a tool to aid assessment of MUSIC models for compliance with the MUSIC guidelines (as developed in Stage 1).

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