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A Case Study In Water Sensitive Urban Design-IanWhite

A Case Study In Water Sensitive Urban Design - I White

This paper reports on a water sensitive urban design initiative by an owner builder at a private residence in Ipswich, Australia. The project applies custom, emergent and established technologies to the management of the owners’ lifestyle preferences and problematic site conditions. It is also an innovative project from the perspective of current governance conditions, making use of previously untried regulatory mechanisms. The project comprises two integrated components: rainwater harvesting and onsite waste treatment, potentially offsetting household reliance on the mains water supply by as much as 90% and offering further beneficial externalities. Rainwater is harvested from a 135m roof catchment through a conveyance system that includes leaf diverters and screens, though no first flush diverter, to a 15kL PE storage tank.


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