Training and guides

InSite Water User Manual

For further guidance in Water Sensitive design see the Water Sensitive SA website

Best Practice Sustainable Design in Planning:

For guidance and Deemed to Satisfy (DtS) solutions for Integrated Urban Water Management, please see the following Guide.  The guide is applicable for additions, single dwellings, townhouses and small residential subdivisions.
The Guidelines also discussed treatment devices and provides direction for apartments and commercial/industrial development.

Our Approach

Urban stormwater design has traditionally focused on peak flows and pipe conveyance. Design standards have evolved and now require stormwater design to consider catchment changes created by urbanisation. Engineers Australia[1] now recommends the design and installation of volume management facilities as part of drainage design.

Stormwater design also needs to look after the needs of the site, the surrounding catchment infrastructure, and the receiving waterways.  Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) promotes the sustainable use and re-use of water in urban planning and buildings.  This type of design integrates the water from all sources – including rainwater, stormwater, groundwater, mains water and waste water – into urban development and building design. WSUD measures and tools can be applied to residential, commercial and industrial developments and buildings. They include the storage, infiltration into the ground, treatment or use of stormwater runoff. Capture and use of stormwater run-off in urban areas has many social, economic and environmental benefits including:

  • Saving money and reducing potable water use where rainwater is applied to fit-for-purpose practices, such as in toilets, hot water, laundry washing and garden irrigation.
  • Creating greener and cooler urban environments with high visual amenity.
  • Reducing flood risk and damage.
  • Extending the useful life of existing Council stormwater infrastructure.

Developments must incorporate the three following volume management objectives. These three principles, and their respective design responses, must be targeted when considering the stormwater design options for a site.

[1] Adapted from Australian Rainfall and Runoff Guide – ARR 2016, Engineers Australia 2016, See Chapter 9 (Urban Drainage)

Further Guidance

Water sensitive urban design : basic procedures for ‘source control’ of stormwater : a handbook for Australian practice / principal contributors, Martin D. Allen … [et al.] ; editor, John R. Argue.

Use of WSUD ‘source control’ practices to manage floodwaters in urbanising landscapes: developed and ultra-developed catchments Authors: John R Argue and David Pezzaniti, Centre for Water Management & Reuse, University of South Australia

WSUD Engineering Procedures Stormwater Stormwater eBook by Melbourne Water

Other online resources

South Australian Water sensitive urban design – Greater Adelaide Region: technical manual

2016 Australian Rainfall and Runoff guidelines

2016 Intensity–Frequency–Duration (IFD) design rainfalls

Melbourne Water Stormwater site