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Blacktown, NSW develops first-in-Australia program for Water Sensitive Urban Design compliance

Blacktown, NSW Water Sensitive Urban Design First Compliance


Blacktown's long-standing inspection program proved ineffective at finding mismanaged WSUD device use. The council piloted a new program whereby 20 randomly chosen properties were required to report on the conditions of 337 WSUD devices. This pilot included the development of an education toolkit on legal requirements and device maintenance. Local officials anticipated reductions in pollutants entering waterways thanks to well-maintained biofilters, rainwater tanks, and litter traps.


Blacktown, NSW

City in New South Wales

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Project Succeeded

The year-long program resulted in a compliance rate increase from 18% to 80% within the pilot group. Blacktown found 120 properties with 359 devices that would benefit from the new reporting system.

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