Challenge: To reduce the impacts of climate change on utility operations.
Solution: INTERA led the Southern Nevada Water Authority (Authority) through a phased approach to review and assess the use of climate change information in their capital investment, asset management, and environmental health and safety programs, and identify ways to improve mitigation strategies to handle the effects of climate change. The process included numerous workshops designed to solicit feedback from staff regarding climate change and impacts on various operational and planning activities within the Authority. INTERA’s recommendations included integration of climate risk information in the project initiation stage of the capital governance process, adaptive planning and design standards to address climate uncertainty, improved tracking and management of heat stress, and appropriate data collection to support the ongoing Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) program.
Results: Developed strategies to integrate climate change into daily operational activities and incorporated these strategies into the Authority’s ERM framework.