Water sensitive urban design

Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) is an urban water cycle method that considers and mimics the natural water cycle.


  • Treats stormwater as a resource
  • Mimics natural processes in the control of stormwater
  • Manages water in a sustainable manner through considering the complete water cycle
  • Is carefully designed, constructed and maintained to minimise impacts on the natural water cycle.

WSUD makes it possible to:

  • Maintain and restore natural water balance
  • Reduce flood risk in urban areas
  • Reduce erosion of waterways, slopes and banks
  • Improve water quality in streams and groundwater
  • Use water resources more efficiently
  • Reduce costs associated with maintenance of water infrastructure
  • Protect and restore aquatic and riparian habitats
  • Protect the scenic, landscape and recreational values of waterways.