About Us

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What is Water Sensitive Urban Design?
Program Partners

Upcoming Events

Feb 12

WSUD 2018 & Hydropolis 2018: Creating Water Sensitive Communities

02/12/2018 @ 8:00 am - 02/15/2018 @ 5:00 pm
Mon 20

World Toilet Summit 2017

November 20 @ 8:00 am - November 21 @ 5:00 pm
Mon 27

IPWEA WA Public Works Training Week

November 27 @ 8:00 am - December 1 @ 5:00 pm

New WAter Ways was formed in 2006 to enable excellence in integrated water cycle management and build capacity of government and industry practitioners, with funding provided through the Coastal Catchments Initiative by the Australian Government, the former Department of Planning and Infrastructure, the Department of Water and the Western Australian Local Government Association.

The aim of New WAter Ways is to build the water sensitive urban design capacity of Government and industry to improve the delivery of urban water management and water sensitive cities.

New WAter Ways is a partnership of:

  • Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage

  • Department of Water and Environmental Regulation

  • Department of ¬†Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions

  • Western Australian Local Government Association

  • Urban Development Institute of Australia (WA)

  • Water Corporation

The delivery of New WAter Ways is guided by a Memorandum of Understanding between the above parties and is to be consistent with an approved business plan. The strategic direction for the program is provided by a Board of Management comprising the above agencies, which meets on a bi-monthly basis. Where necessary, program partners will be engaged to provide technical assistance.

The strength of the New WAter Ways program lies in its commitment to:

  • partnerships, collaboration and consultation;

  • demonstration of best practices, policy and processes; and

  • providing leadership and supporting champions,

in order to showcase the wide range of total water cycle solutions available, building capacity in the achievement of better urban water management outcomes across the State.

Program Scope

The New WAter Ways program addresses all elements of the urban water cycle, including rainfall, surface water (stormwater), groundwater, drinking water, wastewater and water for the environment within an urban development context. In order to facilitate the best practice management and use of the urban water cycle and delivery of water sensitive urban design outcomes, these aspects are best categorised as:

  • Water recycling and reuse /alternative water sources;

  • Water conservation and efficiency; and

  • Stormwater and groundwater management.

Program objectives

The objectives of the New WAter Ways program are to deliver outcomes in the areas of knowledge sharing; education, science and training; advocacy and leadership; and partnerships and bridging. The objectives are to:

  • provide easy access to best practice and supporting WSUD information including trusted science, technical tools, current policy and existing programs;

  • make WSUD “normal practice” by facilitating the upskilling of WSUD practitioners to deliver best practice for Western Australia based on trusted and reliable science;

  • provide leadership and advocacy for the adoption of best management and planning practices for WSUD in Western Australia; and

  • promote effective partnerships by acting as a bridging organisation for the WA water sector.

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