Recently, I was fortunate enough to moderate a panel discussion at the opening plenary session of the American Water Resources Association’s 2016 Annual Conference, which took place in Orlando, Florida. The panelists were fantastic: Lester Sola and Hardeep Anand, the Director and Deputy Director, respectively, of the Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department, Cindy Wallis-Lage, the President of Black & Veatch’s Water Business, and Shawn Grindstaff, Senior Resolution Counsel at the US EPA. This week’s podcast is the Q&A session from that conference – a big thanks to the AWRA and to each panelist for allowing the session to be recorded and released as a podcast. Give a listen for terrific insights on a wide range of water resources resiliency issues from these tremendous panelists.
In this session, you’ll learn about:
- What water resources resiliency means
- How utilities think about water resources resiliency
- Whether customers understand the need to invest in water infrastructure
- Is there the political will necessary for water infrastructure investment
- How the water infrastructure investment will be funded
- Why communicating the benefits of water infrastructure investment is more challenging than with other types of infrastructure investments
- US EPA’s CREAT (Climate Readiness Evaluation Awareness Tool) program
- How chronic stress and individual shocks fit within the water resources resiliency framework
Resources and links mentioned in or relevant to this session include:
- The American Water Resources Association web site
- The Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department web site
- Black & Veatch’s web page on its Water Business
- US EPA’s web page on Water
- CREAT (Version 3.0 Methodology Guide)
- TWV #083: Water Conservation and Its Impact on Water Utilities: An ABA Panel with Pat Mulroy, Robert Puente and Vail Thorne
- TWV #053: Community Outreach and Consumer Technology for Municipal Water Use
Sorry – no transcript this week. Let me know by emailing me if you miss the transcripts!
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