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Resources to Help Water Utilities Plan for Extreme Weather

Read the Adaptive Response Framework to learn about climate readiness at your water utility.  The Adaptive Response Framework supports and guides utilities as they learn about and pursue management techniques and adaptive actions that can be implemented to build climate readiness.  Adaptive Response Framework

What climate impacts should you plan for in your region? Explore the Adaptation Strategies Guide.  The Adaptation Strategies Guide contains examples of utility impacts and adaptation options. The guide includes: sustainability briefs to support adaptation planning; examples of utilities implementing adaptation options; and worksheets to help with the planning process. Adaptation Strategies Guide

Conduct an Extreme Weather Events Workshop for your water sector utility.  The Workshop Planner contains the materials needed to plan and conduct a customized workshop for frequent and intense extreme events. Choose from five different extreme event scenarios: flooding; drought; reduced snowpack; sea level rise; and wildfires.   Extreme Weather Events Workshop

Explore and share adaptation case studies. View interactive maps that provide links to brief stories of planning efforts being conducted by water utilities across the United States to build resilience to natural hazards and water management challenges. These utilities have shared their experiences and lessons learned with the goal of assisting other water sector utilities that are currently developing their own plans or responding to recent events.  CRWU Case Study and Information Exchange

View videos on EPA's YouTube channel that provide synopses of efforts by water utilities to increase their resilience. Utilities in Camden, NJ, Faribault, MN, Fredericktown, MO, Harrisburg, PA, Manchester by-the-Sea, MA, and Waynesboro, TN are featured. Videos of Adaptation Planning by Water Utilities.