“Climate Information for Managing Risks In Water Resources”

Precipitation Patterns, Supply Planning and Demand Curves: Assessing Water Supply Risks in a Changing Climate”

Abstract for Talk:

Drinking water utilities must consider many variables and potential risks in planning for an adequate water supply to meet customer demand. While knowing the amount of precipitation that falls within a utility’s reservoir system over a specific time period is a critical component of supply planning, understanding current demand and anticipating future supply needs involves studying many additional variables.  In addition to understanding changing precipitation patterns (such as storm duration and frequency) and extreme events (whether a 100-year storm or a prolonged drought), water utilities also must consider variables such as water use, conservation, and demand curves.  These variables are affected by a changing climate and also by other factors such as population growth, urban development and water-efficient appliances, to name a few.


This series is co-sponsored by the NOAA Sectoral Applications Research Program (SARP), US National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS), Water Research Foundation, Water Environment Federation (WEF), Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF), American Water Works Association (AWWA), the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA) and EPA’s Climate Ready Water Utility Initiative.

A recording of the talk  will also be posted on: http://cpo.noaa.gov/ClimatePrograms/ClimateandSocietalInteractions/SARPProgram.aspx