EPA Releases Community-Based Water Resiliency Electronic Tool Update

EPA has just announced the release of version 1.1 of the Community-Based Water Resiliency (CBWR) Tool.  This updated version of the CBWR Tool includes more than 400 tools and resources to enhance a community’s resiliency to water service disruptions.

A main component of the tool is the self assessment, which provides users with questions tailored to their stakeholder group and culminates in a self-assessment summary report. The report details the strengths and weaknesses of the users’ community’s resiliency and recommends tools and resources that can be used to enhance resiliency. Users can then navigate to the CBWR toolbox, where they can find more information about the recommended tools and resources.

While the tool was originally created to support  “security” needs, the self assessment and resource lists are  also helpful for small communities to better understand how to prioritize their infrastructure and planning needs.  The tool is also helpful to community boards and councils who otherwise may not understand what and how to encourage their citizens to plan and prepare for floods, tornadoes, wildfires, and other events that may disrupt their water or other essential services.

To download the newest version of the tool, please visit

http://water.epa.gov/infrastructure/watersecurity/communities/

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