Tool Provides Utility Managers with Guidance to Assess 'Climate Readiness'

Utility managers looking for guidance on how to plan and adapt to climate change can use a new risk assessment tool to help them become “climate ready.”

A work group organized with support from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Water, Water Security Division developed a framework for the concept of “climate ready” to help utilities establish climate readiness, according to the EPA. The group, Climate Ready Water Utilities (CRWU), also developed a risk assessment tool called the Climate Resilience Evaluation and Awareness Tool (CREAT).  CREAT is software that assists water sector utilities assess climate change impacts.
WERF encourages subscribers to use this tool to help inventory utility assets and identify climate change concerns. Utilities can then conduct the baseline analysis and resilience analysis, as well as generate reports.

The software is also a general awareness tool for utility managers who may not want to conduct a full climate change impacts analysis. CREAT contains a number of resources to help walk users through the process.  For more information on this tool, please contact WERF Program Director Lauren Fillmore.

April 14, 2011