The Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities (CRCWSC) was established in July 2012 to help change the way we design, build and manage our cities by valuing the contributions that water makes to economic growth and development, our quality of life and the ecosystems of which cities are a part. The water sensitive cities agenda, and the partnerships forged by the CRCWSC, offer major direct and indirect economic benefits through innovation in urban water policies and governance, and development of systems and technologies tailored to local circumstances to deliver:- • More cost effective use of underused/wasted water sources;
• Greater productivity from existing infrastructure and their avoided or delayed upgrade;
• Reduced flood damage and insurance burdens;
• Reduced community morbidity and mortality from urban heat;
• Avoided or reduced restoration costs to urban waterways and adjoining rivers and bays; and
• Improved health and liveability for urban communities.
There are opportunities for developing nations to leapfrog into 21st century models for urban water services rather than follow more conventional models with their 19th century origins. Since the CRCWSC was established, partnerships with water authorities, industry partners, and local and state governments have helped bring some impressive, innovative projects to fruition.
The key objectives of the CRCWSC are to:
• Develop knowledge across a wide range of topics and disciplines,
• Integrate or synthesise the knowledge into practical, targeted solutions for government, industry and the community, and
• Influence and inform key players who shape and manage our cities and urban places to implement water sensitive solutions.