The Climate Ready Water Utilities (CRWU) initiative
EPA's Climate Ready Water Utilities (CRWU) initiative provides resources for the water sector to adapt to climate change by promoting a clear understanding of climate science and adaptation options. To meet these goals, the following actions have been taken under the CRWU initiative: (1) EPA has developed the Climate Resilience Evaluation and Awareness Tool (CREAT) to aid the water sector in conducting risk assessments, evaluating adaptation packages, and understanding climate threats. The tool is available for free download at the CRWU web site (http://water.epa.gov/infrastructure/watersecurity/climate/). (2) EPA has recently updated the CRWU Toolbox, a clearinghouse for water sector and climate-related information including climate adaptation activities, funding opportunities and other resources. (3) Finally, EPA has developed the Adaptation Strategies Guide, a collection of informational briefs that provides regional-specific climate science data and adaptation options that utilities can implement to avoid the negative impacts of climate change.The final guide will be available soon on the CRWU web site, along with other CRWU resources, including a foundational report from the National Drinking Water Advisory Council, a Tabletop Exercise Tool for scenario-based planning for climate change impacts, and links to other EPA resources.