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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 co-hosting technical training course, Aug. 8-9

      WUCA will be co-hosting a FREE two-day technical training for drinking water and wastewater utility managers and consultants, Aug. 8-9 in Los Angeles, Calif.

      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, as well as communication skills for relaying this information. 

      View registration information and training materials.

      • Katherine Hayhoe, keynote speaker.

        WUCA co-hosts "Creating Resilient Cities" forum in Austin, Texas

        Along with Austin Water and the City's Office of Sustainability, WUCA co-hosted a forum on creating resilient cities on May 2, 2018.

        Sessions explored the potential impacts of climate change and climate-related extremes on water utilities and offered examples of effective adaptation solutions from utilities around the nation.

        View a full video of the forum.

      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.