Climate Change

Climate Adaptation


Climate variability impacts the hydrologic cycle, source water, and water demands and in turn the long-term quantity, quality, and reliability of water supplies. Addressing impacts due to climate change includes assessing risk and uncertainty as well as improving resiliency and sustainability in utility management, facilities and water sources.

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Designing and Evaluating Effective and Ongoing Drought Communication

Timely and effective communication is a key element of any drought campaign implementation.  While there are many best management practices and strategies, the following are essential for a successful modern drought communication campaign:

  1. Embrace digital communication
  2. Create a plan
  3. Maximize your resources
  4. Evaluate your metrics

This guidebook is packed with best management practices and key drought and water shortage communication strategies along with resources needed to ensure program success.

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AWWA Manual M71, Climate Actions Plans - Adaptive Management Strategies for Utilities

The first edition of M71 Climate Action Plans addresses regional variation of impacts due to climate change combined with system vulnerabilities within a water utility pose significant planning challenges for water utility managers. It will serve as a step-by-step guidance document to generate, review, report, and disseminate information on water supply planning and management with respect to climate change, both mitigation and adaptation, and to facilitate awareness among water utilities and the broader community.  

AWWA Manual M60, Drought Preparedness and Response

The second edition of M60 Drought Preparedness and Response is designed to help water managers who are facing water shortages. The manual illustrates the use of demonstrated methods of the past as well as the use of new tools and methods. The new second edition includes more examples of how water suppliers dealt with multi-year droughts by implementing changes to their programs from year to year or in response to different challenges.

AWWA Manual M52, Water Conservation Programs - A Planning Manual

This manual provides water utilities and other industry professionals with the skills and information to develop, implement, and measure the success of a water conservation program. Those with an existing conservation program discover areas of improvement using a more comprehensive approach. M52 also discusses water conservation rates, community involvement, how to overcome obstacles and measures for success.

Tools & Guidance


AWWA Manuals


AWWA Standards


Conference Proceedings

Central Arizona Project Climate Adaptation (Sustainable Water Management 2019)
Phoenix: A City Built for Drought (Sustainable Water Management 2019)

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Sustainable Water Management

The Sustainable Water Management Conference brings together water sector organizations and professionals to discuss all aspects of resilient and efficient water management. Attendees will gain insights into best practices for managing water resources, source water protection, sustainable utility planning, analyzing the costs and benefits of water conservation, and exploring alternative water sources including stormwater and reuse. 

AWWA Annual Conference and Exposition 

AWWA's Annual Conference and Exposition is where the most current industry topics, issues, and trends will be discussed. The professional program features subject matter experts covering a range of key water topics to address your challenges.

AWWA Policy Statements

AWWA's policy statements are brief statements on protecting and improving water supply, water quality, management, and the interests of the public and the environment. They are written by consensus, subject to review and comment by AWWA committees, councils, and members. Because they represent AWWA's position on these matters, they are approved by the AWWA Executive Committee of the board of directors.

Technical Committee Engagement

AWWA members are recognized globally for their industry expertise and their generosity in sharing that expertise for a better world through better water. AWWA members participate in committee activities, developing conference programs, writing technical manuals, developing standards, creating educational content and contributing to AWWA publications. Committee members primarily interact through conference calls, emails, and face to face meetings at conferences and events. Access more information on volunteering for an AWWA committee.

The following committees are active in addressing climate variability issues: