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Welcome to the Stormwater Industry Association of Western Australia.

We are a non-profit State association for the Stormwater Industry.

Become a member and help give our industry a voice in Western Australia. Receive the Stormwater Bulletin, gain access to our archives and get discounts for stormwater events. Sign up here

Parallel Journeys: Australian conference showcased how British Columbia is moving towards a water-resilient future

Three ‘big ideas’ underpin BC vision for “Sustainable Watershed Systems, through Asset Management”: Primacy of Hydrology, Shifting Baseline Syndrome and Cathedral Thinking

In 2001, Kim Stephens was keynote speaker for an Urban Water Cycle Management Capacity Building Program for local governments in New South Wales, Australia. Fast forward to August 2016. His keynote presentation at Stormwater 2016: Rising to the Challenge, a national conference held in Queensland (Australia), provided him with a platform for reflecting on "parallel journeys" during the period 2001 through 2016. He explained how a changing climate resulted in “teachable moments” in British Columbia; and how a “regional team approach” guides implementation of a vision for Sustainable Watershed Systems, through Asset Management.   

StormwaterAust Rising to the challenge2016

Plenary Session at Stormwater Australia 2016 Conference, Rising to the Challenge, held in Queensland
CLICK HERE to learn more and access YouTube videos of the keynote presentation

Kim Stephens
Executive Director
Partnership for Water Sustainability in BC

Andrew Allan
Stormwater Australia
Rod Wiese
Stormwater Australia

"BC and Australia are on parallel journeys, but our pathways to a water-resilient future differ. Still, by sharing and comparing, we can inspire each other. Also, we can learn from each other’s experience to avoid going down dead-ends"

“We will reach out beyond our core industry practitioners to engage with a broader group of committed and talented people who will all need to work together to develop the solutions of the future”   “Australian ‘best practise’ (which is founded on water quality metrics) falls dramatically short of effective waterway protection. Clearly, we need to manage volume and restore water balance pathways as Kim Stephens explained in his keynote about the primacy of hydrology”

For more exerpts from Stormwater 2016: Rising to the challenge, click HERE.

Draft Decision Process on Stormwater Management

Have Your Say

The Department of Water has released the Decision Process for Stormwater Management in WA: Draft for Consultation for comment until 21 October 2016.

Urban development should be designed to ensure that liveable, resilient, sustainable and productive cities and communities are created by interconnecting the built, social and natural environments. Urban stormwater systems play a significant role in creating water sensitive cities and communities.

The decision process outlines the State government’s approaches and criteria for planning and designing new and existing (retrofitting) stormwater systems throughout Western Australia.

Draft decision process for stormwater management July 16 front cover


Australian Rainfall & Runoff - advanced draft


A complete advanced draft of ARR is now available for industry comment and use where appropriate. The only outstanding chapter is Book 9 Chapter 6 - Modelling Approaches

This is because it is the last chapter that could be written as it is related to Books 9 and 7.

Click here to read all about the new guide to flood estimation and to download the guide.

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The Great Debate: Pits & Pipes vs WSUD

Around 80 of Western Australia’s ‘who’s who’ in stormwater management assembled on the evening of 14 June to witness and participate in “The Great Debate – Pits & Pipes vs WSUD”. The idea for the event was conceived by Stormwater Western Australia and implemented as part of a series of events called “Water Industry Nights” through New WaterWAys, the Western Australian capacity building program for Water Sensitive Urban Design. It was also made possible by the sponsorship of Essential Environmental and the Department of Planning which provided the venue for the event.

The great Debate Panel