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NACWA and AMWA identify several collaborative actions to advance water sector resilience
The National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) and the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA) released the Water Resilience Summit Summary and Next Steps white paper. NACWA and AMWA co-hosted the Water Resilience Summit, April 9 to 10, as part of Water Week 2014, bringing more than 50 wastewater utility, drinking water utility, private sector and federal officials together for a day-and-a-half facilitated dialogue on climate and resilience issues.
Although there are no simple solutions to climate change resilience, NACWA and AMWA, have identified several collaborative actions in the report to advance water sector resilience. These actions will need further cooperation with and among key federal agencies to succeed, but recent developments offer some evidence that despite the enormity of the challenge, progress is already being made. In the few months since the summit, the federal government has taken several positive actions on resilience that could benefit municipalities and are mentioned in the white paper, including the Flood Resilience Checklist, released by the U.S. EPA.
Resilience is one of the most significant challenges facing clean water utilities today. It is a key consideration in the sector’s rapid transformation to the Utility of the Future (UOTF) as utilities build for the future while pioneering innovative technologies, and cutting-edge practices with a focus on resource recovery.
NACWA is committed to providing opportunities for dialogue and collaboration to ensure that the array of UOTF issues—whether related to resilience, energy production, water reuse, green infrastructure or watershed-based approaches—are priorities with Congress, the administration and other key stakeholders going forward.