International Rainwater Catchment Systems Conference
Mannheim, Germany - September 2001
in an Urban Context
Use of Rainwater in Australian Urban Environments
Ted Gardner, Peter Coombes, Richard Marks
Department of Natural Resources and Mines
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
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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