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The Drought Resource Community is intended to keep the water industry in the know about tools, issues and developments related to drought and water shortages. If you have any questions or updates to share, please submit them to AWWA.

2014 Water Shortage Preparedness Report

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A water shortage occurs when supply is reduced to a level that cannot support existing demands. Natural forces (e.g., drought), system component failure or interruption, or regulatory actions may cause water shortages.

In order to help water utilities facing current and/or future water shortages, AWWA conducted a survey in early 2014 to collect water shortage tracking and response information. Complete responses to the stakeholder-developed survey were received from 485 utilities. This report includes aggregated summaries and analyses of the reported utility practices and policies as collected through this survey.

Download the 2014 Water Shortage Preparedness Report (PDF 1.8MB)

Drought essentials

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Response and contingency plans


  • USEPA's Climate Ready Water Utilities (CRWU) initiative provides resources to help the water sector adapt to climate change impacts, including drought. 
    • CRWU's Adaptation Strategies Guide (PDF, 8.9 MB) provides information on regionalized climate change impacts and associated adaptation  options. There is a section dedicated to drought information including projected changes of frequency and duration of intense droughts. It lists adaptation options for drinking water and wastewater utilities to respond to drought.
    • Climate Resilience Evaluation and Awareness Tool (CREAT) software translates the climate change science into actionable information for drinking water, wastewater and storm water systems. It allows systems to determine whether drought might be a concern based on their location, to identify specific assets that could be impaired as a result of drought, and provides users with a series of risk reduction and cost reports to evaluate various adaptation options as part of long-term planning.
    • CRWU Toolbox is a searchable web database with about 600 water and climate-related resources, with more than 300 drought-related resources.

Volunteer groups

Water and Wastewater Agency Response Network logo

The Water and Wastewater Agency Response Network is a network of utilities helping other utilities respond to and recover from emergencies. The purpose of a WARN is to provide a method where water/wastewater utilities can provide and receive emergency aid and assistance in the form of personnel, equipment, materials and other associated services as necessary from other water/wastewater utilities.

Events calendar

The Global Water Summit Athens
April 27, 2015 / Athens Greece

Environmental Technology for Impact 2015
April 29, 2015 / Wageningen, Gelderland Netherlands

ACE15 - AWWA Annual Conference & Exposition
June 07, 2015 / Anaheim, CA

WaterJAM 2015
September 14, 2015 / Virginia Beach, VA

Drought news

AWWA publications

Journal - American Water Works Association, a professional and scholarly journal published continuously since 1914, is the most respected publication in the water industry.
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Written primarily by AWWA members, Opflow provides technically detailed case studies and how-to articles that help readers provide safe water to all.Visit Opflow.

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If you’re pursuing a degree in this field, take a look at the wide range of scholarships available from AWWA and our partners. 

Full list of scholarships

Featured Event

Western Governors’ Drought Forum Free Webinar Series

 Registration is now open! Live events from February 11 to April 8, 2015.



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