Water and waste water systems are important elements to addressing climate change for several reasons. First, since energy is used to deliver water and waste water services, using water and wastewater systems more efficiently indirectly also reduces energy use. Second, the impacts of climate change include increased drought and extreme weather events, such as heavy rain and storms, floods and reduced snow pack, all of which effect water availability. Thus, efforts to conserve and use water more efficiently will help cities and counties adapt to the impacts of climate change.
The best practices included in this section apply to cities and counties that provide water and waste water services directly, as well as to those that receive these services from other public or private agencies.
Cities and counties are leading by example and undertaking a
range of activities to create more sustainable communities.
These case stories review different local agencies’ experiences
related to water and wastewater systems activities.
These resources will help inform your water and wastewater
systems activities. Resources include links to organizations,
state and federal agencies, tools, guides and tip sheets to
support your work. You’ll also find examples of programs
and materials from cities and counties.
The Beacon Award is sponsored by the Statewide Energy Efficiency
Collaborative, which offers no-cost resources to support the
energy and climate initiatives of California local governments.
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