Potable Water: Incorporating Climate Change Adaptation in Infrastructure Planning and Design
A Guide for USAID Project Managers
This guide helps development professionals consider climate change impacts and ways to address them while carrying out USAID-supported activities aimed at helping countries improve their potable water infrastructure.
It is part of a set of management products that USAID has developed for incorporating climate resiliency into engineering design.
The guide notes that climate change threatens water resources and infrastructure. Climate risks include reduced availability of rainwater, surface water and groundwater resources, or physical damage to potable water storage, treatment and distribution systems from flooding.
This guide will be useful for those considering engineering design options to make potable water infrastructure more climate resilient. It gives development professionals an overview of potential impacts on potable water activities and adaptation options, and guidance for using a risk assessment methodology to determine appropriate design measures.
While its focus is on engineering design, broader elements such as service delivery and management of supply and demand are also proposed since they are closely associated with the optimal performance of potable water infrastructure.
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