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Attached is a new paper that does not bode well for our water guzzling
paradigm. Hopefully we have time to plan ahead.
Paul L. Hauck, P.E.
Camp Dresser McKee Inc.
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Tampa, Florida 33607
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**FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE** Contact: Michael Arceneaux
December 13, 2007 202-331-2820
Report Examines Impact of Climate Change
on Drinking Water Supplies
Warming of the earth's atmosphere will continue to put mounting pressure
on America's drinking water sources, leading to diminishing supplies in
some regions and flooding in others, according to an analysis released
today by the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA), a
nonprofit organization of the largest publicly owned drinking water
systems in the United States.
AMWA's report, Implications of Climate Change for Urban Water Utilities,
forecasts the likely impacts of climate change on water supplies in
different regions on the U.S., such as an accelerated hydrologic cycle
of evaporation and precipitation, water contamination, rising sea levels
and pressure on terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. The report is
available for viewing and download at AMWA's new climate change webpage,
"The national debate on climate change has so far been limited to the
effects of greenhouse gasses," said AMWA Executive Director Diane VanDe
Hei. "For community drinking water systems, climate change has broader
implications. The question we ask is: 'To what extent will our water
supplies be affected?'"
"This report shows that climate change may pose great challenges to
delivering limited amounts of clean and safe water to a rapidly growing
population," added VanDe Hei.
Among the actions that the report suggests water systems take to prepare
for the impacts of climate change are vulnerability assessments to
identify short-term adaptation needs, cooperative planning and modeling
efforts among utilities to devise strategies addressing likely regional
water resource issues, and efforts by utilities to reduce their own
greenhouse gas emissions.
"The ramifications identified in the report point to at least two key
needs," according to VanDe Hei. "Scientific research is needed to
better understand the impacts of climate change on existing fresh water
resources and to help develop and assess the affordability of
alternative water sources -- such as reuse, recycling, conservation and
"In addition, an increased federal investment in water infrastructure is
needed to help offset the costs of new supply development and capital
projects to ensure that all Americans continue to have access to safe
and affordable drinking water," she said.
In conjunction with the release of the report, AMWA's new climate change
webpage will serve as a resource for water utility managers and policy
makers seeking the latest information on the impacts of climate change
on drinking water supplies. The page includes fact sheets and
presentations on local impacts of climate change, and can be viewed at
AMWA National Office - 1620 I Street, NW - Suite 500 - Washington,
DC 20006 202.331.2820
(c) 2007 AMWA