Exploring the Work of the Water Research Foundation with Rob Renner

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Rob Renner, the Executive Director of the Water Research Foundation (WRF), joins us for a discussion about the work of the WRF. The WRF is a research cooperative, as described by Rob, and pools the resources of 1,000 utilities to focus on researching issues of common concern. Rob provides great perspective on how utilities are dealing with issues like climate change, source of supply challenges, and declining water use.

In this session, you’ll learn about:

  • Who the Water Research Foundation is and what it does
  • How the Water Research Foundation determines what to research
  • How utilities are dealing with the financial issues surrounding declining water use
  • Why and how water, wastewater and stormwater utilities are converging
  • How integrated water management is affecting how utilities operate
  • How climate change is affecting utilities
  • What strategies water utilities are employing to deal with climate change
  • What strategies wastewater utilities are employing to deal with climate change
  • Why utilities are indifferent to the cause of climate change (e.g., natural or anthropogenic)
  • What types of water strategies utilities will employ in the future as they continue to better understand climate change

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