Country:United States
Policy status:In Force
Policy Type:Policy Support, Policy Support>Strategic planning, Information and Education>Advice/Aid in Implementation, Information and Education>Information provision
Policy Target:Industry, Resilience / Adaptation
Agency:U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Legal References:42 USC 300f-j

EPA's Climate Ready Water Utilities (CRWU) initiative assists the water sector, which includes drinking water, wastewater, and storm water utilities, in addressing climate change impacts. Through the development of practical and easy-to-use tools, EPA promotes a clear understanding of climate science and adaptation options by translating complex climate projections into accessible formats. This information helps utility owners and operators better prepare their systems for the impacts of climate change, including extreme weather events, sea level rise, shifting precipitation patterns and temperature variability. CRWU helps utilities to plan for, assess and adapt to these challenges, fulfilling their public health and environmental missions. To set the foundation for climate ready efforts, EPA convened a CRWU Working Group under the National Drinking Water Advisory Council (NDWAC) in Fall 2009. The NDWAC delivered its CRWU Report to EPA in January 2011, including 11 findings and 12 recommendations, as well as an Adaptive Response Framework to guide climate ready activities and the identification of needed resources and possible incentives to support and encourage utility climate readiness.


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