“When the well’s dry, we know the worth of water.”1
The state of water resources in Australia is under threat. Damaged ecosystems and unpredictable weather have brought complications to everyday life. Despite not bearing the brunt of the burden, urban Australians are unaware that their daily urban activities are slowly doing part of the harm to nature that supplies the water for them. The current urban water management system has been linked to causing some of these problems. Due to that, a changed approach to urban water systems should be used in order to change the situation.
Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) provides an opportunity for such change. Previously, despite implementing ecologically sustainable design to the built environment, water issues have never been seriously regarded. However, in the recent decade, the creation of WSUD has paved a path to not neglecting water issues. By using design as a tool, it reshuffles the current system to create a sustainable urban water cycle. WSUD uses the built environment as part of the infrastructure; and this is where design professionals can become agents of change. By taking water sensitive approaches to their design, they can help to shape the future of Australia’s urban water.
1 Benjamin Franklin, as quoted by Graves, W. (ed.) 1993