Project #5056

Test and Enhance Water Utility Business Risk and Opportunity Framework and Guidebook

$59,610
In Progress
Principal Investigator
Erica
Brown
Research Manager
Ms. Maureen Hodgins
Contractor
Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies
Climate Change
Utility Management
Risk Assessment

Abstract

As a follow-up to WRF’s Mapping Climate Exposure and Climate Information Needs to Water Utility Business Functions (4729), the research team will partner 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 project will include a literature review to compare other climate-related risk, opportunity, and resilience frameworks to the 4729 Framework and to identify how it relates to existing corporate and utility risk management processes. The researchers will pilot test the Framework 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.