Valuing stormwater, rainwater and wastewater in the soft path for water management: Australian case studies

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Courtesy of IWA Publishing

A Water Sensitive City is now commonly acknowledged best practice for designing the cities of the future. In Australia, the National Water Initiative has allocated high priority towards offering insight into successful water sensitive urban development projects, to facilitate capacity building within the industry. This paper shares innovative water sensitive projects implemented at Kogarah City Council, in Sydney. Four key projects are discussed, demonstrating how stormwater, rainwater and wastewater can be incorporated into decentralised water systems to offer sustainable water management of the future. The case studies included in the paper highlight Kogarah's journey towards the Soft Path for Water Management.

Keywords: constructed wetland, rainwater harvesting, rainwater tanks, soft path for water, stormwater reuse, wastewater reuse

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