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Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) is water management in urban areas, integrating design of other built features such as drains, footpaths, car parks and landscaping.
WSUD aims to:
Reduce run off in cities (the high amount of hard surfaces mean that water cannot infiltrate the ground and enters creeks at a high rate causing erosion and scouring of the creek bed);
Reduce potable water use (minimising the use of drinking water for things other than drinking) through reuse of rain water, storm water and grey water;
Minimise generation of water (over less usage of water);
Treating storm water and removing pollutants before entering creeks and rivers; and
Enhance and improve the look and feel of urban areas.