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Engineering case studies

WUCA has developed a suite of engineering case studies that showcase how the water sector is applying climate adaptation in practice, by using climate change information in engineering design and project delivery processes. These case studies were motivated by requests from engineers across WUCA utilities who requested concrete examples of how other water sector professionals are integrating climate change information into on-the-ground projects. Spanning from Seattle, Washington to Miami, Florida and Copenhagen, Denmark, the case studies demonstrate how engineers and water managers are applying climate change data and information to redesign facilities and assets, increase levels of climate resilience, and reduce risks to infrastructure. While climate adaptation best practices continue to mature, these examples offer practical approaches for designing engineering projects for a changing climate.

Case studies were developed in partnership with the utilities and operators profiled, and project contacts are provided in each case study to facilitate follow-up and enable interested readers to learn more about implementing similar measures or approaches.

Seattle, Washington

Utility: Seattle Public Utilities
Project name: Ship Canal Water Quality Project
Climate impacts: Extreme Rainfall

State of Colorado

Utility: Colorado Department of Natural Resources
Project name: Colorado Dam Safety Program Dam Design
Climate impacts: Extreme Rainfall

Miami, Florida

Utility: Miami-Dade Water and Sewer
Project name: Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrades
Climate impacts: Sea Level Rise

San Francisco, California

Utility: City and County of San Francisco
Project name: Sea Level Rise Capital Planning Guidance
Climate impacts: Sea Level Rise

New York City, New York

Utility: New York Department of Environmental Protection
Project name: Climate Resiliency Standard Operating Procedure
Climate impacts: Sea Level Rise and Extreme Events

Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas

Utility: Tarrant Regional Water District
Project name: Drinking Water Cooling System
Climate impacts: Extreme Heat

Southern Nevada

Utility: Southern Nevada Water Authority
Project name: Low Lake Level Pumping Station
Climate impacts: Drought

Copenhagen, Denmark

Utility: The City of Copenhagen
Project name: Cloudburst Management Plan
Climate impacts: Extreme Rainfall

Case studies developed with the University of Washington Climate Impacts Group