Water Utility Climate Alliance
Delivering reliable, high-quality water requires a delicate balance between water supplies and customer demands.
While water managers continually strive to maintain this supply-and-demand balance through long-term water resource planning and demand management, new challenges exist due to the impacts of climate change, putting the world's water resources at risk.
The Water Utility Climate Alliance (WUCA) is dedicated to enhancing climate change research and improving water management decision-making to ensure that water utilities will be positioned to respond to climate change and protect our water supplies.
WUCA hosts first ever free technical training course
60 drinking water and wastewater utility managers and consultants attended from across the U.S.
Attendees learned different methods for incorporating climate change information into water resource planning, walked through one method for planning for multiple scenarios, and developed communication strategies to convey concepts to different audiences.
WUCA attends AWRA climate change conference
In June 2017, WUCA members presented at the 2017 American Water Resources Association Summer Specialty Conference, which focused on climate change and water management. The presentation topics included developing actionable science, addressing uncertainty in climate planning and identifying adaptation practices.
Following the conclusion of the conference, WUCA held its annual retreat to scope its 2018 business plan and identify ways to mark its tenth anniversary in 2018.
Key messages from WUCA
Warming is here and now
Climate adaptation planning is not just about the future. Water utilities are experiencing the effects of a changing climate on their water resources today.
Know your system and explore its vulnerabilities
Assess your water system to identify vulnerabilities. Risks can only be reduced if they are identified.
Plan for multiple futures
Predicting the future is not feasible but anticipating plausible warmer future climates is. Prepare to face a variety of scenarios.
Capacity building and assessment are part of the adaptation equation
Developing the technical and managerial expertise to identify and assess climate risks to a system is as much a part of adaptation as the steps taken to implement risk reduction measures.