EPA Offers Climate Preparedness Webinars for Water Utilities

EPA’s Climate Ready Water Utilities (CRWU) initiative is beginning a new series of webinars on its CRWU tools and resources for the water sector, which includes drinking water, wastewater and stormwater utilities. These 45 to 60 minute webinars will assist the water sector in developing a better understanding of climate change, managing impacts and creating adaptation strategies. Through the development of innovative, practical and easy-to-use electronic tools, CRWU resources promote a clear understanding of climate science and adaptation options, by translating complex climate projections into understandable, actionable and localized information for the water sector.

Increasing climate readiness can help build resilience to extreme events such as Superstorm Sandy, which had direct impacts on over 698 drinking water and wastewater utilities across eleven states and Washington, D.C. The webinar topics include climate change readiness and an introduction to climate science for the water sector, followed by more in depth discussions of CRWU tools. The webinars will also feature case studies from utilities that have used CRWU tools to become more climate ready.

To register, view the “Training Calendar” tab at www.epa.gov/climatereadyutilities. Participant space is limited, so we suggest that you register early. You’ll receive an email confirmation when your registration is approved. For more topic descriptions and registration information, please see the attached flyer, which we encourage you to share with other contacts. The series begins on Wednesday, January 23 and will take place approximately twice a month through the summer of 2013. Please contact EPA at CRWUhelp@epa.gov if you have any questions or require additional information regarding CRWU initiative tools, resources, or webinars.

CRWU webinar flyer

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