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Water sensitive urban design review

By johnboy - 22 August 2013 8

Simon Corbell is trying to drum up enthusiasm for a review of water-related development decisions:

“The Environment and Sustainable Development Directorate will undertake the inquiry into the 40% reduction in water usage in new developments and refurbishments/extensions. The review is a key component of the Water for the future – striking the balance which is the Draft ACT Water Strategy currently out for consultation.

“The review seeks new ways to significantly expand the acceptable mandated measures in place to achieve the targets while providing maximum flexibility for developers to lower costs,” Mr Corbell said.

The review will include a four-week consultation period where submissions will be invited through the ACT Government’s Time to Talk website as well as practitioner and community workshops.

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Water sensitive urban design review
miz 7:27 am 26 Aug 13

Pork hunt, actually not a dam per se (though I agree, same principle) but is underground storage of non-potable water. Watch the segment and you will be enlightened.

Switch, there is plenty for all, it’s just that it all falls all at once (the ‘drought and flooding rains’ principle!) so we have to at least try and catch/manage some of it. Catching/storing benefits everyone downriver too, as you can then manage the environmental flows

Pork Hunt 9:42 am 23 Aug 13

miz said :

Collecting storm water would be a good start. There was an awesome segment on this on Gardening Australia last weekend (about watering older parks and gardens by collecting storm water).

http://www.abc.net.au/gardening/stories/s3827462.htm

We do get a LOT of water at once when it rains, so it makes sense to store it instead of just losing it down-river.

Um, this is a centuries old concept and I believe it’s called a “dam” of which there are several in our region.

switch 9:10 am 23 Aug 13

miz said :

We do get a LOT of water at once when it rains, so it makes sense to store it instead of just losing it down-river.

Things living downriver might have a different opinion.

miz 7:30 am 23 Aug 13

Collecting storm water would be a good start. There was an awesome segment on this on Gardening Australia last weekend (about watering older parks and gardens by collecting storm water). http://www.abc.net.au/gardening/stories/s3827462.htm

We do get a LOT of water at once when it rains, so it makes sense to store it instead of just losing it down-river.

Deref 6:58 pm 22 Aug 13

eily said :

davo101 said :

Reduce block sizes till they only just fit the building and there is no space for gardens–problem solved.

And concrete the rest.

It worked for Gungahlin!

eily 3:39 pm 22 Aug 13

davo101 said :

Reduce block sizes till they only just fit the building and there is no space for gardens–problem solved.

And concrete the rest.

Spiral 1:07 pm 22 Aug 13

davo101 said :

Reduce block sizes till they only just fit the building and there is no space for gardens–problem solved.

That does seem to be what they are doing.

davo101 12:34 pm 22 Aug 13

Reduce block sizes till they only just fit the building and there is no space for gardens–problem solved.

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