Given water utilities are so heavily reliant on weather and the water cycle, resilience to climate change and variability is critical to ensure essential services to communities can continue to be met under these increasingly changing conditions.
Many utilities are developing climate adaptation plans, in response to business risk as a result of climate change, as well as regulatory drivers. Importantly, some also recognise that a whole of organisational approach is needed to achieve the actions.
This case study showcases three utilities’ approaches in this space, and demonstrates both climate adaptation planning as well as adaptive planning approaches.
This case study is from Towards Resilience: Climate change and the urban water industry in Australia and New Zealand.