Drainage for Liveability program

Project goal:

Finding ways to work collaboratively and make better use of the green spaces around stormwater drains.

Delivery date:

2016–17

About the program

The Drainage for Liveability Program is a collaboration between Water Corporation and Department of Water, designed to enhance the value to the community of stormwater drains and basins across WA.

Stormwater drains and basins serve a functional purpose, but they also have the potential to contribute to the liveability of our local communities.

Working with interested community groups, local authorities and the development industry, we are aiming to improve drainage and surface water management, and increase green open spaces in our urban environment.

This is part of our support for the transition of Perth and rural centres across WA towards the vision for the ‘Water Sensitive City’.

Water Sensitive Cities look to integrate water systems planning with land use planning. The aim is to show how water can make our communities more sustainable, productive, resilient and liveable. 

Find out more about Water Sensitive Cities

Drainage for Liveability guidance notes

Drainage for Liveability guidance notes include information developed jointly by Water Corporation and the Department of Water to aid in the design and implementation of stormwater infrastructure. These guidance notes are intended to enhance the value of drainage areas to communities across WA and promote progressive water sensitive cities.   

Each note focuses on certain principles for consideration and provides recommendations to inform a collaborative approach. The intention is to promote meaningful interaction between organisations and their representatives undertaking drainage design and management through a considered, collaborative and consistent approach. Other infrastructure managers are encouraged to adopt the approaches outlined where applicable.

As part of a new aligned approach to drainage, key areas have been identified and we are committed to the development of joint guidelines to support improved outcomes from drainage infrastructure. These guidelines will be made available on this page as they are developed and finalised. 

Living streams in Water Corporation assets

How to get involved

Local councils are encouraged to come forward with innovative ideas on how to take advantage of the existing green spaces next to Water Corporation stormwater drains.

If you have a great idea, you can submit it to us via the form on this page. 

The first project will be a ‘pop up’ park constructed by the City of Bayswater, in partnership with Water Corporation, off Russell Street in Morley.

Tim Sparks, Manager Urban Water from Department of Water, Suzanne Brown, Manager Drainage and Liveable Communities and Bayswater Mayor, Barry McKenna at the Russell Street compensation basin

Photo: Tim Sparks, Manager Urban Water from Department of Water, Suzanne Brown, Manager Drainage and Liveable Communities and Bayswater Mayor, Barry McKenna at the Russell Street compensation basin, the first project to get underway though the Drainage for Liveability Program.

Read the latest media release

Drains fuel green community space gains

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Contact us

  • Manager Drainage and Liveable Communities, Water Corporation – Suzanne Brown, Phone: (08) 9420 2420
  • Manager Urban Water, Department of Water – Tim Sparks, Phone: (08) 6364 7600

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