The updated beta WSC Scenario Tool includes the newly integrated Urban Water Cycle module, one of four performance assessment modules. The UWC module quantifies the impact of different urban form and blue– green infrastructure initiatives for a given site, considering various scales. Applying a conceptual hydrological model, the UWC module simulates the different urban water streams (e.g. potable water, rainwater, stormwater, greywater and blackwater, infiltration and evapotranspiration) in the urban water cycle based on user-defined parameters and water cycle interventions.
Intended for high-level ‘what-if’ scenario planning, the UWC module provides important insights on ways to optimise use of fit-for-purpose water sources drawn from within the urban boundary while managing water taken and returned to the natural environment.