Effective Climate Change Communication for Water Utilities
Linda J Reekie
Abt Environmental Research Inc.
This project produced a guidance document to assist water utilities in communicating about climate change, with an emphasis on building support for water utility climate-related adaptation or mitigation investments or projects. A message mapping worksheet is included within the report to help water agencies develop messages that will build long-term support for their specific climate-related actions. The worksheet is also available under Project Resources/Project Papers as a Microsoft Word template for utilities to build their own message mapping strategy. Lastly, the project produced a video to provide water professionals with the information they need to understand the relationship among water, water utility needs, and climate change. Links to the video are available in the report and Executive Summary. Completed in 2014.