Many councils and water utilities around Australia are undertaking liveability improvement projects to tackle population growth and land use changes. However, making decisions about investing in these water sensitive urban design (WSUD) projects require considering all benefits, including social benefits.

The CRCWSC, in close consultation with Melbourne Water and case study partners, assessed community attitudes and values to understand the non-market benefits associated with improving the Main Outfall Sewer (MOS) reserve in Melbourne (a Greening the Pipeline initiative). Greening the Pipeline is a partnership between Melbourne Water, Wyndham City Council, VicRoads and City West Water, and is supported by Greening the West.