ABSTRACT

Water Infrastructure: Technical Assistance and Climate Resilience Planning Could Help Utilities Prepare for Potential Climate Change Impacts, Report to the Congressional Requesters   [open pdf - 3MB]

From the GAO (Government Accountability Office) Highlights: "Human health and well-being require clean and safe water, according to the Water Research Foundation. The Fourth National Climate Assessment states that the potential impacts of extreme weather events from climate change will vary in severity and type and can have a negative effect on drinking water and wastewater utilities. [...] In 2015, GAO reported that enhancing climate resilience means taking action to reduce potential future losses by planning and preparing for climate-related impacts, such as extreme rainfall. This report examines federal technical and financial assistance to utilities for enhancing climate resilience, and options experts identified for providing additional assistance, among other things. GAO reviewed relevant federal laws, regulations, and guidance from four federal agencies--EPA, FEMA, HUD [Department of Housing and Urban Development], and USDA--and interviewed federal officials, representatives from 15 water utilities selected for diversity of size and geography, and 10 experts selected to represent different views."

Report Number:
GAO-20-24
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Date:
2020-01
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Public Domain
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Government Accountability Office: http://www.gao.gov/
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pdf
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application/pdf
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