(Austin) – Austin Water, in conjunction with the Water Utility Climate Alliance and other partners, will hold a two-day training - Building Resilience to a Changing Climate: A Technical Training in Water Sector Utility Decision Support – from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm on Tuesday, December 3 and from 8:00 am to 3:45 pm on Wednesday, December 4 at the Sheraton Austin at the Capitol, Creekside I Conference Room, 701 East 11th Street in Austin, Texas.
The purpose of the training is to help participants better understand the impacts of climate change on water-related infrastructure and water resource supplies. See the WUCA Agenda to find a complete list of speakers and topics of discussion that include:
Enhancing the understanding of the capabilities and limitations of climate science;
Best practices for long-term water, wastewater, and stormwater planning;
Planning methods for addressing uncertainty when incorporating climate science into utility decision-making; and
Communication strategies to address institutional barriers and generate engagement around utility climate adaptation and resilience building.
Speakers include water experts from a variety of backgrounds, including Austin Water, Houston Water, Tarrant Regional Water District, Denver Water, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, Philadelphia Water Department, Southern Nevada Water Authority, Abt Associates, Aspen Global Change Institute, Meridian Institute, NCAR and Rand Corporation. The media will have access to speakers and participants for interviews.
WUCA is a national coalition of water agencies, which was formed to provide leadership and collaboration on climate change issues affecting the country's water agencies. The organization comprises 12 of the nation's largest water providers, which supply drinking water for more than 50 million people throughout the United States.