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Water system preparedness and best practices for pandemic influenza

01 Jan 09

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Journal of the AWWA: Water system preparedness and best practices for pandemic influenza (01 Jan 2009) According to public health experts and the medical community, an influenza pandemic could occur at any time. The authors conducted a literature review, interviews, and a survey of Ohio water systems to assess how prepared U.S. water systems were for a pandemic flu outbreak and found varying preparedness levels. 

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Managing the water-electricity demand nexus in a warming climate

06 Mar 20

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Paper presents a data-driven, regional model that considers a wider array of climate variables to evaluate the impact of climate change on the coupled water and electricity demand nexus in the Midwestern USA. Results indicate that the climate-sensitive portions of summer electricity and water use are expected to increase in the region by 19% and 7%, respectively. Finally, the regional-scale model is leveraged to make city-level projections, indicating a 10–20% (2–5%) increase in electricity (water) use across the analyzed cities due to a warming climate.

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Bottum-up Approaches: Case Studies

21 Jan 20

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This collection of case studies demonstrates examples of successful implementation of bottom-up approaches (BUA) across the globe. Each case utilizes components of BUA within the planning, decision making, and/or implementation processes.

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Resilient Water Infrastructure: Improving Understanding and Assessing Needs

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The long-term goal of this research is to drive water utilities to become more resilient enterprises. A principal motivation is the need to maintain stakeholder confidence in utilities’ capacity to manage the substantive challenges they face (in the short-, mid- and long-term). In support of that overall aim, this project: (1) Helps establish a common definition for “resilient infrastructure” in the context of the water utility sector in the United States; (2) Identified existing resources, ongoing efforts, best practices, and potential partner agencies or organizations addressing infrastructure resilience in the water sector, in the United States and internationally; (3) Identified and prioritized a set of targeted research needs and objectives that, if addressed, will underpin the development of pragmatic tools and guidance for water utilities.

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Climate Risk Informed Decision Analysis

22 May 19

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Climate Risk Informed Decision Analysis (CRIDA) provides stepwise planning guidance for water resources planners, managers, and engineers to implement robust water management as promoted by the AGWA network — particularly for water managers working in the developing world. CRIDA is specifically designed to support the implementation of effective decisions under conditions of deep uncertainty. The scope is for practitioners working on site specific problem solving, such as water shortages and drought at a specific geographical locations in developing and highly vulnerable regions of the world.

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Watershare

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Watershare is a worldwide network of water research organisations and utilities dedicated to applying global expertise to master local water challenges. Member experts collaborate in developing knowledge and science-based tools. The experts then apply this expertise in tackling a wide variety of water issues in their regions.

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Flood Resilience Measurement for Communities – Flood Resilience Portal

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The Zurich Flood Resilience Measurement for Communities (FRMC) was created by Zurich Insurance in 2013 and is an innovation in community flood resilience theory and practice. It allows users to generate evidence about the ways in which a given area or community are already resilient to floods, as well as providing a guide to further develop this resilience.

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Better Water Decisions in the Age of Deep Uncertainty

15 Nov 16

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Deep uncertainty acknowledges a dynamic system where inputs — such as rainfall or economic growth or regulations — are changing or unknown. Deep uncertainty methods are not yet widespread among water utilities, but the ideas are gaining ground. Scenario planning allows utilities to ask questions that, in the past, would have been viewed as unusual.

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Canada Releases Climate Lens for Infrastructure Funding Assessments

04 Jun 18

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This Climate Lens is a requirement of the Investing in Canada bilateral agreements signed between Infrastructure Canada and the provinces and territories. The assessment tool will require stakeholders to report on how proposed projects contributes to or reduce carbon pollution, and to consider climate change risks in the location, design, and planned operation of projects.

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