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Bridgewater Lifestyle Village: A case study in innovative urban water management

Hunt, J., Jamieson, S., Ho, G. and Anda, M. (2007) Bridgewater Lifestyle Village: A case study in innovative urban water management. In: 13th International Rainwater Catchment Systems Conference and the 5th International Water Sensitive Urban Design Conference, 21 - 23 August, Sydney, Australia.


Bridgewater Lifestyle Village has implemented many sustainable practices in its design, construction and running of the village. These include solar passive orientation and design of all buildings, native gardens throughout the village, recycling centres and of most relevance to this paper many water sensitive designs and practices including greywater recycling systems on every home, vegetated roadside swales, rainwater harvesting and a third pipe bore water irrigation network. The developer has aimed for best practice in sustainability while still aiming to provide an affordable housing option. This balancing act of best practice and maintaining a low cost product has meant that systems in place at Bridgewater need to be sustainable across the triple bottom line. The purpose of this paper is to highlight what this developer has achieved in producing a development that delivers appropriate water management. It will also discuss a monitoring program that aims to quantify the effect on water use from what has been achieved.

Publication Type: Conference Item
Murdoch Affiliation: Environmental Technology Centre
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