Project #5056

An Enhanced Climate-Related Risks and Opportunities Framework and Guidebook for Water Utilities Preparing for a Changing Climate

Principal Investigator
Research Manager
Ms. Maureen Hodgins
Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies
Climate Change
Utility Management
Risk Assessment


As a follow-up to Mapping Climate Exposure and Climate Information Needs to Water Utility Business Functions (4729), the research team partnered with WRF, Denver Water, and the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) to test the 4729 Framework with two Water Utility Climate Alliance members in order to enhance the Framework and Guidebook and to identify opportunities to accelerate the use of climate considerations and resilience into utility management. The Framework was pilot tested within critical business functions at Denver Water and SFPUC. This research will be useful to water utilities as they further recognize the importance of considering the effects of climate change on their operation and management strategy. Published in 2021.