A series of utility case studies that highlight how data can be used to assess system vulnerabilities to climate change.

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THE CHALLENGE

Municipal assets and public services are vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, placing local leaders at the frontlines of risk reduction and adaptation. In many municipalities across the country, water, wastewater and stormwater infrastructure may already be in poor condition or under serviced, and temperature fluctuations, extreme precipitation and other extreme weather events associated with climate change will only exacerbate these existing vulnerabilities. Many Canadian municipalities/utilities are lacking the data required to accurately identify these climate change-related infrastructure vulnerabilities.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Canadian Water Network, in partnership with the Canadian Water and Wastewater Association, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and PSD, has compiled a report with five case studies of Canadian utilities that are collecting and utilizing data to support infrastructure vulnerability assessment, and ultimately, increasing their resilience to climate change.

The case studies highlight what types of data are necessary to assess vulnerabilities to critical risks such as flooding and wildfire, and how these data are collected and analyzed by municipalities to inform decision-making on risk reduction and adaptation. These case studies are designed to support local governments with climate change adaptation and to inspire further sharing of knowledge and best practices.

FEATURED CASE STUDIES

  • Kenora, Ontario: Asset Risk Assessment
  • Edmonton, Alberta: Flood Mitigation and Mapping
  • Moncton, New Brunswick: Flood Mitigation and Neighbourhood Vulnerability Assessment
  • Saskatoon, Saskatchewan: Grey and Green Infrastructure Adaptation
  • Union Water Supply System, Ontario: Drinking Water System Vulnerability Assessment

A ROADMAP FOR MUNICIPAL CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION

Each case study was developed through detailed interviews with municipal and utility staff. An overview of potential climate change impacts that the region is anticipating is provided, as well as the unique approach undertaken to adapt water, wastewater, stormwater, and other municipal infrastructure to these impacts. A road map is shared at the end of each case study to help guide other municipalities/utilities.

WEBINAR: Using Better Data to Identify Climate Change Related Infrastructure Vulnerabilities in Your Community

November 15, 2019 – 2pm – 3:30pm ET OR November 26, 2019 – 1pm – 2:30pm ET  |  REGISTER NOW

Hear from several of the case study participants, along with project partners PSD and CWN, about the insights generated from the project and how municipalities and utilities across Canada can use these case studies as a road map for municipal adoption.


“PSD worked closely with Kenora on its Climate Change Risk Assessment Framework. Without first developing an asset inventory that is comprised of all core and non-core asset groups and includes asset attributes such as materials, location, estimated useful life and assessed condition, Kenora’s Risk Assessment Framework would not have the same impact in improving project prioritization and future adaptation planning.”

– Matthew Dawe, Vice-President, PSD


“Climate change adaptation requires significant planning on the part of municipalities. Although every community is unique, there are strategies and approaches that can be applied and customized to a range of settings that increase system resilience to climate change. These case studies show that using better data or filling in the gap by pooling diverse datasets is worth the effort.”

– Bernadette Conant, CEO, Canadian Water Network