Project #5054

Using Climate Information in Water Utility Planning

Principal Investigator
Research Manager
Ms. Maureen Hodgins
University of Washington
Climate Change


This project convened a workshop for water utilities in the northwest United States designed to improve the delivery of resources for small- to medium-size water utilities to help them build their resilience to climate change. Through a survey, focus groups, and a workshop, an understanding of utility climate planning needs and strategies to support them was developed, and resources for climate resilience planning were provided. Project results, including presentations featuring utility experiences in climate adaptation, can be found below under Resources. Three webinars are included: Webinar 1, Learning How to Adapt to a Changing Climate: A Collection of Case Studies from Water Agencies Throughout the U.S.; Webinar 2, Climate Adaptation, and The Climate Toolbox; and Webinar 3, Throw Away Your Crystal Ball: A Stress Testing Approach to Infrastructure Planning Under Climate Change Uncertainty, and Tools Presentation. This project was part of a series of regional workshops that were funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and various partners. NOAA developed summaries of the workshops.

This effort also spurred the webinar series, Our Changing Precipitation: A Conversation on the Science of Precipitation and Planning for the Future (September 14 - October 12, 2021), hosted by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Water Research Foundation (WRF) and can be accessed at via NOAA's website.