How to Think About Climate Change/Extreme Weather

We are all well aware of the weather extremes – droughts, floods, tornadoes, electrical storms – that are plaguing our nation these days.  Every water system has a “storm story” to share. We think the following information could be helpful in showing these systems what their colleagues have done and are continuing to do to avoid chronic repeats of costly weather-related incidents.

EPA’s Climate Ready Water Utilities (CRWU) mission is to provide resources for drinking water, wastewater, and storm water utilities to adapt to climate change by promoting a clear understanding of climate science and adaptation options.

Most recently, the CRWU Team has developed a series of videos that demonstrate how small and large, drinking water and wastewater, urban and rural systems have begun to plan ahead to be better prepared to manage extreme weather events.  Watch how these community drinking water and wastewater utilities are responding to extreme events and planning for their climate futures:

These utilities and thousands more across the nation are experiencing the impacts of climate change and extreme weather events. Many are taking action now to reduce their vulnerability and increase their resilience to a changing climate.  In 2015, EPA partnered with and assisted more than 20 communities as they completed their first climate risk assessment using EPA’s Climate Evaluation and Awareness Tool (CREAT).  Visit the EPA Climate Ready Water Utilities website to learn more.

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