Climate smart utilities – tools for building resilience

International Water Association and Partners Water resilience

Target Audience

- Water utility staff (technical/operational) dealing with water and climate risks;
- Water utility staff involved in water safety planning; water professionals advising water utilities.


Urban stakeholders have a critical role to play in preserving the integrity of fresh water resources on which they depend on. A disruption in supply of freshwater resources to cities can have significant economic, environmental and health consequences, therefore, improving water security and protecting water resources which cities rely on is a priority.
This training provides an opportunity for water utilities to explore tools that can integrate climate information into their planning processes. Climate change is impacting availability and quality of water worldwide, and utilities need to plan, prepare and adapt to climate risks. The Flood and Drought Portal ( provides a package of applications to assist utilities with information and assessment of climate hazards and risks, and support water safety planning approaches.

Draft Schedule:

13:30 – 13:45 – Introduction: Climate resilience and water utilities

Short introduction to the programme and tools which will be highlighted
• 13:45 – 15:00 | Identifying and monitoring climate risks for water
Presentation and exercise using Issue Analysis and Water Indicators tools – Identification of underlying causes of climate hazards affecting water utilities, and what indicators can be used
for monitoring

15.00 – 15.30 30 Break

15.30 – 17.15 90 Session 3
• 15:30 – 16:15 | Understanding climate data
Presentation and exercises on using and interpreting climate data using the Data and Information Tool
• 16:15 – 17:00 | Climate resilient water safety planning

Presentation and exercises on how to prepare and adapt to climate hazards and risks using the Water Safety Planning tool

• 17:00 – 17:15/30 | Mitigation: Climate smart utilities

Presentation on the key sources of emissions in the urban water cycle, how to assess GHG emissions, energy and water efficiency and implementing economically viable solutions to improve energy efficiency and reduce emissions

• 17:15/30 | Wrap up

Learning Objectives

After the training you will be able to:

– Explain the concept of climate resilient water safety planning;
– Interpret and use climate data to identify hazards and risks to be included in water safety planning;
– Apply a methodology which supports the identification, assessment of climate risks impacting your water utility analysis of climate issues, and how to monitor and respond to the risks.