Water Utility Planning for Climate Change

October 12, 2016

A white paper prepared by Stratus Consulting and Denver Water for WUCA, AWWA, WRF, and AMWA discusses how utilities are changing decision-making practices due to large future uncertainties.  It shares insights from 13 water agencies on how and why they are modifying their planning and decision-making processes as they begin to incorporate climate information and prepare for climate change. A fundamental goal of the paper is to provide water professionals with practical and relevant examples, with insights from their peers. 


Stratus Consulting and Denver Water. 2015. Embracing Uncertainty: A Case Study Examination of How Climate Change is Shifting Water Utility Planning. Prepared for the Water Utility Climate Alliance (WUCA), the American Water Works Association (AWWA), the Water Research Foundation (WRF), and the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA) by Stratus Consulting Inc., Boulder, CO (Karen Raucher and Robert Raucher) and Denver Water, Denver, CO (Laurna Kaatz). May 12. http://www.wucaonline.org/assets/pdf/pubs_uncertainty.pdf