EPA's Climate Ready Water Utilities (CRWU) initiative provides water utility managers with tools, training, and technical assistance needed to adapt to climate changes. Included is a link to CREAT - a risk-assessment tool which allows utility managers to do location-specific 2035 and 2060 projections of annual total precipitation, annual average temperature, precipitation intensity for the 100-year storm, and number of days per year with temperatures above 100ºF.
See how the City of Faribault. one of 20 participants nationwide selected in 2015, used the Climate Resilience Evaluation and Awareness Tool (CREAT) to assess the city’s infrastructure after 2010 and 2014 flooding events.
The Infrastructure Stress Transparency Tool created by the Minnesota Office of the State Auditor consolidates a variety of state and local data sources about the age, value and condition of community civil infrastructure (sewer, wastewater treatment, and drinking water) into a set of interactive maps to assist with planning needed investments.
Flood Resilience - A Basic Guide for Water and Wastewater Utilities lets you click on Mitigation Options for helpful checklists of low-cost to expensive mitigation options for specific assets/operations including lift stations, headworks, treatment plants, instrumentation and electrical controls, power stations, buildings (relevant for other city buildings too), and more.
Use the CREAT risk assessment (or the like) to help understand and adapt to extreme weather; take into account infrastructure stressors (such as age), updated precipitation data (Atlas 14), and climate change trends or projections.
Implement low-cost strategies to reduce climate change risk and increase resilience for operations or a specific asset (such as a lift station, headwork, water intake/distribution/storage, booster stations/pump, or treatment plant).
Invest in medium to high-cost strategies that reduce climate change risk and increase resilience for operations or a specific asset.
Who's doing it
Kasson - 2 star
Date action report first entered:
Date of last report update:
Year action initially completed: 2017 WWTP Expansion; 2019 addition of 2 pumps; new development retention ponds on-going
1. 2017 Wastewater Treatment Plant Expansion $4M construction of new retention basin to retain increased inflow and infiltration as a result of extreme weather events/rainfalls
2. 2019 acquisition of 2 AMT Bypass pumps In the event of flooding, use of the pumps will help prevent sewer backups throughout the community as a result of increased inflow and infiltration.
3. New development storm water retention pond construction
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
All three actions implemented to decrease flooding, backups, and inflow and infiltration issues related to extreme weather events and rainfall; protecting residential/business/and municipal infrastructure.
In January 2016 Maplewood launched the Energize Maplewood! Team Energy Challenge. This is one of the City's energy actions outlined in the Energize Maplewood! Energy Action Plan. The plan was drafted as part of the Partners in Energy Program, which is sponsored by Xcel Energy. The Team Energy Challenge includes 100 households that have formed teams to reduce energy use through conservation, energy efficiency improvements and utility rebate programs. Another component of the challenge is education, outreach, and special events.
At Fish Creek, the City's newest neighborhood preserve, partners and contractors restored over 22 acres of grassland to native prairie vegetation, and volunteers planted trees and prairie plugs.
The City works with school groups on service learning projects. Students from Century College and public schools in the area volunteer to plant trees and plant native plants or improve raingardens throughout the City.
Outcome measures/metrics/money saved:
Number of people participating in the energy challenge, number of energy efficiency improvements made, reduction in energy use. Number of people participating in programs to improve community assets (community gardens, urban trees, stormwater green infrastructure). Number of trees planted, raingardens planted or improved, or food produced from community gardens.
We partner with Rich Prairie Sewer and Water for our City Sewer and Water. They have alarms for different areas and alerts. Alarms go off for pumps not working, high/low water levels, and other risk factors that could damage the equipment.
Rush City Public Works uses software to create alarms for different areas and alerts. Alarms go off for pumps not working, high/low water levels, and other risk factors that could damage the equipment. The City upgraded and expanded the system in 2019 to include all lift stations.