Water sensitive urban design

Transitioning South Australia to a water sensitive State is a key objective of the State’s water security plan, Water for Good – a plan to ensure our water future to 2050, and is an inherent aim of the Planning Strategy which guides South Australia’s future urban and regional development.
Both Water for Good and the Planning Strategy recognise water sensitive urban design (WSUD), as an important element in delivering more liveable urban environments, and both support much greater prominence of WSUD within South Australia than has occurred to date.
WSUD differs from traditional urban design by better recognising and addressing our impacts on the water cycle. WSUD is: “an approach to urban planning and design that integrates the management of the total water cycle into the land use and development process



Geographic Coverage

South Australia


Department of Environment, Water & Natural Resources, South Australia: 2013