As the driest inhabited continent, Australia has pioneered the best practices when it comes to management of water

"Despite some state government opposition, there is a great case for making stormwater resources that hit the ground on the property of local councils. This could incentivise councils to treat, harvest and sell water resources to industries or direct to citizens for non-potable uses," stated Grant Duthie. "If water authorities were required to engage councils, as the owners of stormwater resources, there would likely become far more incentive to co-develop WSUD principles."

Rainwater Management in Australia: “The benefits of source control cannot be understated,” stated John Argue, champion for Water Sensitive Urban Design

"The genesis of this approach lies at the point where rainfall strikes an urban environment surface, where it can be captured via rooftop gardens and water tanks under a notion of retaining water as opposed to having it wash away," says John Argue. "Water which is not captured by these practices can potentially be infiltrated into the soil or be channelled through vegetated bio retention systems or rainwater gardens."

Leading Change in Australia: “Why best practice is destroying our waterways,” explains Rod Wiese

“This study explores the genuine desire to protect and enhance urban waterways through whole of water cycle measures having wide ranging benefits to community health and climate change resilience,” wrote Rod Wiese. "It is evident that ‘best practice’ falls dramatic short of effective waterway protection. Clearly, we need to manage volume and restore water balance pathways where rain falls."

Water, Land and Climate – The Critical Connection: How We Can Rehydrate Landscapes Locally to Renew Climates Globally

“In considering the factors involved in global climate change, there is a need for increased attention to the role of regional, or small water cycles," wrote Jan Lambert. "Planning is required for all countries to permeate landscapes with rainfall and snowmelt to bring about the return of stable regional, small water cycles to aid in local, and ultimately global, climate recovery."

VIDEO: Ever Wondered Where the Rain Goes?

“Whilst sustainable drainage is a relatively simple concept, it is often communicated using technical jargon. This animation helps promote sustainable drainage by communicating the drivers, opportunities and benefits in an engaging way," stated Paul Shaffer. The animation explains how Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) replicate natural drainage by managing rainfall close to where it falls. It also celebrates the multiple benefits of SuDS .

Evolution of Sustainable Urban Drainage in Malmo, Sweden

"The concept of sustainable urban drainage was introduced in the city of Malmö already in the late 1980s. Over the two decades the new drainage concept has been applied in Malmö, the technique has gradually been developed and further refined. This applies both to the physical planning and to the preferences regarding the technical configuration," wrote the late Peter Stahre when his book was published.

Sustainable Urban Drainage: Blue-green fingerprints in the city of Malmo

A new publication by Dr. Peter Stahre, published in Sweden, tells how the City of Malmö approached the management of surface rainwater/stormwater in a very balanced and sustainable fashion. The is a great example of how the environment and the receiving waters can be protected in a comprehensive, well thought out manner.