Don’t Get Left Out in the Cold: Enhance Winter Weather Resilience with Mitigation
By Gabrielle Minton, Physical Scientist, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
The services provided by drinking water and wastewater utilities are vital to the health and resilience of a community. However, extreme winter weather, including floods, blizzards, and ice storms, can present challenges to maintaining drinking water and wastewater services, underscoring the need for long-term resilience solutions in the water sector.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) forecast1 for the 2020-2021 winter season predicts warmer, drier conditions in the southern tier of the United States and colder, wetter weather across the northern tier., due in part to an ongoing La Niña. To better prepare for the upcoming winter season, your utility can take steps before, during, and after winter weather events using the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) suite of easy-to-use tools and resources.
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