Water Sensitive SA

WSUD principles that inform the InSite Water Tool

The stormwater drainage systems within established suburbs have not, in most cases, been designed to accommodate the density of urban renewal being experienced in Adelaide’s suburbs and some South Australian regional centres. The higher proportions of impervious areas directly connected to Council stormwater systems within medium- to high-density developments presents a challenge. As it is often not feasible to upgrade existing drainage systems, a shift in approach to source control of stormwater is needed to:

  • reduce the frequency of local nuisance flooding
  • reduce overall catchment flood risk by reducing volumes of stormwater
  • protect minor stormwater system assets
  • reduce pollutants entering watercourses and marine environment
  • reduce the urban heat island effect providing enhanced microclimate through evapotranspiration and by enabling tree growth.

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.