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Water Utility Climate Alliance

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.

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    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.

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    WUCA announces FREE two-day technical training course

    Course title: Building Resilience to a Changing Climate: A Technical Training in Water Sector Utility Decision Support

    Date: Sept. 26-27, 2017

    Location: Boulder, CO

    Description: The Water Utility Climate Alliance and other water sector partners are excited to announce a FREE two-day technical training for drinking water and wastewater utility managers and consultants. Guided by a dynamic agenda and expert trainers, participants will gain useful knowledge and practical skills for integrating climate science into all aspects of water sector utility capital planning and business processes, as well as communication skills for relaying this information to decision makers and other audiences.


Key messages from WUCA

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    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.

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    Know your system and explore its vulnerabilities

    Assess your water system to identify vulnerabilities. Risks can only be reduced if they are identified.

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    Plan for multiple futures

    Predicting the future is not feasible but anticipating plausible warmer future climates is. Prepare to face a variety of scenarios.

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    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.