Rainwater Management in Australia: "The benefits of source control cannot be understated," stated John Argue, champion for Water Sensitive Urban Design
Note to Reader:
Water-sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) is a term coined by a multi-disciplinary group of practitioners and academics in Western Australia, in the early 1990s, to describe the ‘new thinking’ then emerging about sustainable water cycle management in the urban landscape in Australia. To assist practitioners in designing rainwater source control measures, A Handbook for Australian Practice was published in 2004.
Modern Approaches to Stormwater Management
Edited by John Argue, a leading Australian authority in the field of urban hydraulics and hydrology, the WSUD Handbook is a compilation of proven approaches that are aimed at solving everyday problems of small-scale rainwater management. John Argue is the former head of the Urban Water Resources Centre at the University of South Australia.
“Prior to the 1990s, engineering approaches to stormwater management were simple: gather as much of it as possible and send it down pipes, into drains and out into the ocean,” wrote Andrew Heaton in an article about John Argue and the 2-day course that he teaches on WSUD principles for Engineering Education Australia.
Hold the Rain Where It Falls
Also known as source control, WSUD revolves around six basic words, wrote Andrew Heaton: “hold the rain where it falls”. At its core, John Argue says such a concept embraces core themes of quantity control (flood management), pollution control and resource harvesting.
Management at the source minimises the amount of flood water flowing downstream and reduces costs associated with infrastructure whilst delivering better quality stormwater going into receiving waters and reducing water demand, says John Argue.
“Overall, WSUD practices are cost effective and environmentally beneficial,” concluded John Argue.
To Learn More:
Download Modern Approaches to Stormwater Management to read the complete article by Andrew Heaton as published by sourceable.net in Australia