Australian Guidelines - Water

Australian Guidelines on the topic of water management and/in public open space. 

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Title  Author/Organisation Year


Better Urban Water Management Western Australian Planning Commission
2008 Better Urban Water Management has been designed to facilitate better management of our urban water resources by ensuring an appropriate level of consideration is given to the total water cycle at each stage of the planning system.

It also provides guidance on the implementation of State Planning Policy 2.9 Water Resources.
Urban Irrigation Best Management Practices  Irrigation Australia Ltd 2006 This publication is intended as a guide for the commercial irrigation sector (manufacturers, designers, installers and contractors) and for those who specify irrigation equipment and projects and develop regulations to do with urban irrigation (water authorities, State governments, local government, and managers of recreational turf). It details best management practice for designing, installing, maintaining, and operating irrigation systems in an urban setting.

The aim of the publication is to define best management practices as a way of encouraging improved standards in the industry and a consistent approach national to the specification, design, installation and operation of irrigation systems. This will help to ensure that urban irrigation is as water efficient as possible.
Guideline for the approval of non-drinking water systems in Western Australia - urban Developments Department of Water 2013 The guideline aims to simplify and clearly define the approval process for the use of non-drinking water, with a focus on urban development. It provides a step-by-step process which may be taken to establish a non-drinking water system in urban developments, including concept planning and design, approvals and implementation.
Stormwater Management Manual for Western Australia  Department of Water   Stormwater management aims to build on the single objective of conventional stormwater management of local flood protection by having multiple objectives, including improved water quality management, protected ecosystems and liveable, attractive water sensitive cities and communities.
Water monitoring guidelines for better urban water management strategies/plans  Department of Water 2012 The Department of Water developed these monitoring guidelines for surface water and groundwater systems to help the land development industry establish the necessary monitoring programs associated with urban development.  
Planning Bulletin 92: Urban Water Management  Western Australian Planning Commission   This planning bulletin provides guidance on urban water management matters to be taken into account by the WAPC, local governments and applicants in considering planning proposals and applications for new residential, rural-residential, commercial and industrial developments.

The purpose is to ensure planning decision-making, where water issues are a consideration, is informed via relevant and appropriate information.
State Planning Policy 2.9: Water Resources  Western Australian Planning Commission   This policy is directly related to the overarching sector policy SPP 2 Environment and Natural Resources policy and provides clarification and additional guidance to planning decision-makers for consideration of water resources in land use planning strategy.

The objectives of this policy are to:

protect, conserve and enhance water resources that are identified as having significant economic, social, cultural and/or environmental values;

assist in ensuring the availability of suitable water resources to maintain essential requirements for human and all other biological life with attention to maintaining or improving the quality and quantity of water resources; and

promote and assist in the management and sustainable use of water resources.