Adaptation Case Study and Information Exchange
Developed under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Climate Ready Water Utilities (CRWU) initiative, the Adaptation Case Study and Information Exchange is a website featuring climate change adaptation strategies that water sector utilities are deploying across the country. The website has an interactive map linking to case studies produced by the EPA. Each point on the map represents a drinking water, wastewater, or combined utility that provides the climate threats facing the utility, as well as the corresponding adaptation measures that the utility considered for implementation.
For example, the case study for Blair, Nebraska describes how the city gathered data on drinking water demand, evaluated climate threats that could affect drinking water supply, including flooding and drought, and created a list of potential adaptation measures to increase supply if needed.
The case studies on the website can also be organized by focal climate impact including drought, floods, ecosystem changes, and water quality. The drought and flood tabs have links to additional adaptation resources.
There is also a tab containing short videos profiling how local utilities are planning for adaptation. One video shows how a wastewater management facility in Camden, New Jersey used the EPA’s CREAT tool to assess their combined sewage overflow and flood risks and vulnerability. Camden used this information to identify green infrastructure and green energy projects to combat these risks, and found ways to make these investments without raising rates.
If you have any trouble accessing the website link above, please find here an archived page. This likely will have limited use. https://web.archive.org/web/20170130013139/https://epa.maps.arcgis.com/home/item.html?id=eaf23847432145518272d5f3bb1f0806
- Case study
- Tool (general)