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EPA Clean Water and Drinking Water Infrastructure Sustainability Policy

October 4, 2010

This U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) policy statement emphasizes the need for EPA to build on existing efforts to promote sustainable water infrastructure. EPA will work with states and water systems to employ comprehensive planning processes to deliver projects that are cost effective, resource efficient, and consistent with community sustainability goals.

Related Organizations: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

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Evaluation of Energy Conservation Measures for Wastewater Treatment Facilities

September 2010

This report, published by the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), aims to encourage the implementation of energy conservation measures (ECMs) at publicly owned wastewater treatment works (POTWs) by providing accurate performance and cost/benefit information. The report’s focus is mainly on energy efficient equipment replacement, operational modifications, and process control enhancements that lead to improved energy efficiency and cost savings with reasonable payback periods (10 years or less).

Related Organizations: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

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EC PREPARED Enabling Change Project

February 2010

The European Commission (EC) supported the Collaborative project "PREPARED Enabling Change" (PREPARED), which worked with a group of European urban water utilities to develop strategies to address potential climate change impacts on the water and sanitation sectors.

Related Organizations: European Commission (EC)

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Infrastructure 2010: Investment Imperative

2010

This report addresses water challenges in the United States and abroad, emphasizing the need to invest in infrastructure development to improve water, sewer, and power systems. Building on extensive research, interviews, and data collection, Infrastructure 2010 reviews the specific water issues and concerns confronting 14 metropolitan areas throughout the country. The fourth in an annual series produced by the Urban Land Institute and Ernst & Young, this report describes the need to treat infrastructure as an investment by developing a targeted, long-term, and integrated national infrastructure strategy.

Related Organizations: Ernst & Young, Urban Land Institute

Author or Affiliated User: Jonathan D. Miller

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Sustainable Water Resources Management Volume 3: Case Studies on New Water Paradigm

January 2010

This report assesses the foundation and requirements for a sustainable water infrastructure at the community and watershed scales. This is the final report in a 3-part series published by the Electric Power Research Institute. The report uses case studies to help communities take on water-related challenges,  such as water scarcity, flooding, regulations, aging infrastructure, and water pollution. In addition to government regulatory agencies, the report will be useful for practitioners in the electric power, public water supply, stormwater management, and wastewater treatment sectors.

Related Organizations: Electric Power Research Institute, Water Environment Research Foundation

Author or Affiliated User: Trevor Clements

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Rainscaping Iowa - Permeable Pavement Projects

2010

Rainscaping Iowa, an educational campaign that promotes urban stormwater management practices, encourages the use of permeable pavement by featuring successful installations in the state. By gathering feedback on previous projects, Rainscaping Iowa simultaneously highlights the environmental benefits of permeable surfaces and provides lessons for future installations and maintenance. Importantly, the campaign’s literature describes how permeable paving surfaces can help reduce runoff and improve water quality in the face of changing precipitation and increasing heavy rainfall events.

Related Organizations: Rainscaping Iowa, Iowa Department of Natural Resources

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Confronting Climate Change: An Early Analysis of Water and Wastewater Adaptation Costs

October 2009

This analysis is an economic assessment with three objectives: 1) To characterize the impacts of climate change on drinking water and wastewater services in the United States through 2050, based on greenhouse gas scenarios and regional projections of climate change effects; 2) To help policy makers and the water and wastewater sector begin to understand the challenges of ensuring that reliable water and wastewater services continue to be available in the face of a changing climate; and 3) To provide early cost estimates so that policies can be developed that address these challenges and planning by utilities can begin.

Related Organizations: National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA), Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA)

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Natural Security: How Sustainable Water Strategies Prepare Communities for a Changing Climate

2009

Making the linkage between "green" water management practices and protecting communities from climate change, this publication evaluates green infrastructure strategies implemented in 8 communities across the U. S. through the lens of climate changes in these areas and associated impacts. Focus areas include: improving public health, reducing flood and storm damage; securing clean water supplies; and resilient communities. .

Related Organizations: American Rivers

Authors or Affiliated Users: Will Hewes, Kristen Pitts

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Proceedings of the First National Expert and Stakeholder Workshop on Water Infrastructure Sustainability and Adaptation to Climate Change

January 2009

The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) held its First National Expert and Stakeholder Workshop on Water Infrastructure Sustainability and Adaptation to Climate Change on January 6-7, 2009, in Arlington, Virginia. Sponsored by the EPA Office of Water and Office of Research and Development, the workshop was attended by more than 130 invited experts and stakeholders from the federal, research, utility, engineering, academic, and NGO sectors. The workshop included several plenary sessions and focused on two major topics: 1) Climate Change Impacts on Hydrology and Water Resource Management, and 2) Adaptive Management and Engineering: Information and Tools.

Related Organizations: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Resource Category: Education and Outreach

 

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Sustainable Water Systems: Step One-Redefining the Nation's Infrastructure Challenge

2009

This study examines the challenges that the drinking water and wastewater systems of the U.S. face in maintaining and replacing their pipes, treatment plants, and other critical infrastructure. The report offers policy recommendations, key principles of sustainable water infrastructure, and guiding elements of water management in light of climate change. This resource is applicable to water management at all levels.

Related Organizations: The Aspen Institute

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