Water Sensitive SA

Maintenance of WSUD assets

In-house training

Maintenance of WSUD assets (PDF)

Learning objective

The training will assist participants to improve knowledge and skills with respect to appropriate maintenance techniques and regimes, and associated costs to aid efficient and effect asset management.


All council/contract staff responsible for the hands-on maintenance, or influencing the planning for maintenance of WSUD assets. For example, maintenance crews, and supervisors and managers who are often from multiple departments.


01 – Introduction

  • Assessment of WSUD asset condition
  • Maintenance plans and checklists

02 – Site inspections

  • Work through checklists/audit forms on site
  • Highlight what maintenance is required and how to do it

03 – Wetlands maintenance

  • Principles of operation/function
  • Critical maintenance requirements to maintain performance
  • Description of what to include in maintenance plans
  • Vegetation management
  • Record keeping
  • Expected costs

04 – Bioretention/raingardens maintenance

  • Same as for wetlands, above

05 – GPT maintenance

  • Range of common GPTs and how they operate
  • Types of cleaning techniques
  • Types of maintenance contracts

06 – Forward planning for maintenance

  • Maintenance cost estimation
  • What to include in a maintenance plan

Robin Allison, DesignFlow
Jason Sonneman, DesignFlow

Core competencies attained
  • Awareness of the activities required to maintain WSUD assets and typical frequency of maintenance activities, for both civil and landscape works.
  • Participants have the skills to carry out maintenance inspections of WSUD assets using supporting checklists.
  • Appreciation of the cost of maintaining WSUD assets.

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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.