This Framework describes approaches for water utilities seeking to become more “climate ready.” It supports and guides utilities as they learn about and pursue management techniques and adaptive actions that can be implemented to build climate readiness, including 11 findings and 12 recommendations.
The Framework is described in the Climate Ready Water Utilities report, developed by the US National Drinking Water Advisory Council and submitted to the EPA Administrator in January 2011. The Adaptive Response Framework highlights six elements of becoming more Climate Ready: Climate Impact Awareness, Adaptation Strategies, Federal and State Policies and Programs, Mitigation Strategies, Community Interest and Support, and Partnerships Outside of the Utility.
Each of these elements is important for any utility that is considering taking action in response to climate change. This Framework document includes a section for each of the six elements, explaining the relevance and importance to the water sector, suggesting specific actions utilities can begin to take today, and offering resources to access for further information.
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