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10th International Rainwater Catchment Systems Conference
"Rainwater International 2001"
Mannheim, Germany - September 2001

Section 1: Rainwater Harvesting in an Urban Context

Paper 1.12

Use of Rainwater in Australian Urban Environments

Ted Gardner, Peter Coombes, Richard Marks
Department of Natural Resources and Mines
Queensland, Australia


Over the last decade the concept of Ecologically Sustainable Development (ESD) has become widely adopted by all levels of government in Australia. While there are a large number of rural initiatives, one of the more radical ESD innovations is Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) in urban areas. These innovations include the integrated management of rainwater, stormwater, potable water and wastewater such that resource consumption is reduced and flooding is managed using natural hydraulic processes (Newman and Mouritz 1995).

Clearly rainwater (rainfall which is directly collected as the roof runoff from buildings) and stormwater (rainfall which runs off all urban areas) have a major role to play in substituting and/or supplementing reticulated urban water supply from centralised water supply facilities. In this paper we describe initiatives in Australia which use rainwater and/or stormwater at three levels - individual house, cluster housing and suburban scale.

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