How do utilities communicate about climate change?
What are the climate risks to built assets and infrastructure?
How is climate change uncertainty shifting water utility planning?
These are just some of the questions tackled by the Water Utility Climate Alliance (WUCA) – a coalition of 12 of the nation’s largest water providers. CAP has been a member for nearly a decade. This month, WUCA is highlighting CAP’s involvement in advance of CAP assuming WUCA’s top leadership positions next year. Beginning in January 2020, CAP General Manager Ted Cooke will serve as Executive Chair and Mohammed Mahmoud, Ph.D., CAP’s Senior Policy Analyst, will serve as Chair.
Collectively, WUCA member agencies supply drinking water to more than 50 million people throughout the United States. Its current membership includes CAP, as well as: Austin Water, Denver Water, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, New York City Department of Environmental Protection, Philadelphia Water Department, Portland Water Bureau, San Diego County Water Authority, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, Seattle Public Utilities, Southern Nevada Water Authority and Tampa Bay Water.
WUCA is dedicated to enhancing climate change research and improving water management decision-making to ensure water utilities are positioned to respond to climate change and protect their water supplies. The organization produces publications and hosts meetings that support water utility climate adaptation. Hosted events include climate change technical trainings open to other water utilities, a public forum with talks centered around creating climate resilient cities and multiple conference sessions with presentations on climate adaption.
Take a look at CAP’s Spotlight on the WUCA website.