Global warming is causing unpredictable weather patterns. Climate scientists anticipate an increase in intense storms and prolonged droughts. The critical need to manage the collection, conservation and recycling of water is further compounded by growing urban populations.
The need to slow and detain stormwater to reduce flash flooding, reduce soil erosion and nutrient runoff and recharge groundwater is a dual concern. Water sensitive urban design requires informed action in urban design and planning and architecture.