Project #1338

Water/Wastewater Utilities and Extreme Climate and Weather Events: Case Studies on Community Response, Lessons Learned, Adaptation, and Planning Needs for the Future (Full Report)

Principal Investigator
Research Manager
Lauren Fillmore M.S.
Climate Change
Water Supply Planning
Integrated Planning & Water Management


This study discusses how water, wastewater, and stormwater utilities – and other local water resource managers – make decisions in response to recent extreme weather events. The report is based on the results of six local workshops, organized to include participants that experienced different types of extreme events throughout a river basin or watershed in various regions of the U.S. The study examines what happened, how information was used to inform decisions, what institutional dynamics helped or hindered, and how water utilities and their communities plan to manage impacts and build resiliency for future extreme events. The research was jointly sponsored by WERF, Water Research Foundation, EPA, NOAA, Concurrent Technologies Corporation, and Noblis. 342 pages. Online PDF. (2014)

Originally funded as WERF project CC7C11.