Training and Engagement Center
This page provides training and technical assistance information for drinking water, wastewater, and storm water (water sector) utilities and stakeholders on how to build resilience and adapt to climate change impacts.
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Climate change poses significant challenges to water sector utilities in fulfilling their public and environmental health missions. Using our Resilient Strategies Guide (RSG) and Climate Resilience and Awareness Tool (CREAT), water sector utility owners and operators can begin the process of assessing climate risk from these events. EPA provides a targeted and efficient technical assistance process with substantial facilitation support throughout. CRWU assists by promoting a clear understanding of climate change and helps to identify potential long-term adaptation options for decision-making related to implementation and infrastructure financing. To see what other utilities have done in the past related to climate assessment with CRWU view the Adaptation Planning in Action Videos or the trainings workshops below.
If you are a water sector utility or know of one that wants to receive technical assistance to conduct a climate risk assessment, contact CRWUhelp@epa.gov.
The following detailed trainings on the RSG and CREAT are offered for the climate regions depicted in the map. Each regional workshop series includes a regional climate change synopsis, training on CRWU tools, a utility case study, and a discussion on financing adaptation projects.
Find your climate region on the map and check out the recorded trainings available. If your climate region is not covered, explore the trainings offered in other regions and check back for new trainings.
Increasing Water System Resilience in North Carolina
Hear from the City of Durham's Department of Water Management about climate resilience efforts and their technical assistance work with CRWU.
Impact of Extreme Weather in the Southern U.S.
Learn about historical extreme weather in Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and how Lafayette Utilities System used CREAT to explore adaptation strategies to address flooding.
Developing Drought Resilience in Puerto Rico
Hear from the Puerto Rico Aqueduct and Sewer Authority about climate resilience efforts and their technical assistance work with CRWU.
Adaptation Planning in Action
Learn more about water utilities' efforts to increase their resilience using CRWU resources.
Assessing Vulnerability to Sea Level Rise
Learn how the Hudson River Foundation utilized CREAT to assess combined sewer systems' vulnerability to sea level rise in the New York - New Jersey Harbor Estuary.
Strengthen Climate Resilience
In the Journal Opflow, learn how the CRWU initiative is helping water sector utilities prepare now for future resource challenges caused by climate change.