As communities around the world are impacted by ongoing weather extremes, local utilities face significant challenges to plan secure infrastructure to minimize service disruptions for their customers. Tetra Tech is sponsoring two Engineering News-Record (ENR) webinars focused on how utilities can prepare for potential impacts of water extremes—from drought to flooding and coastal inundation—and fund the necessary infrastructure to protect their communities.

The first webinar, “Building Utility Resilience for Water Extremes,” will be held on March 14, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. Eastern. The webinar will focus on practical, first steps communities can take to prepare themselves for water extremes and how small steps can make an impact. Utility representatives from drought-ridden, flood prone, and coastal communities will discuss the infrastructure, operational, and public education activities they have undertaken to prepare for and manage their systems through weather extremes.

Pam Russell, ENR’s Senior Energy and Environment Editor, will moderate discussion among a panel of municipal experts from across the United States. Speakers include:

  • Yvonne Forrest, Deputy Director of Houston Water, part of Houston Public Works, who oversees operation and maintenance of regional water and wastewater utility systems, infrastructure planning, and business services for one of the largest utilities in the United States, while maintaining a “superior” rating from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
  • E.J. Caldwell, Manager of Water Policy and Resources Development for West Basin Municipal Water District in Los Angeles County, California, which has implemented a Water Reliability Program that aims to reduce communities’ dependence on imported water through conservation, water recycling, and ocean-water desalination
  • Laura Munafo of the New York State Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery manages more than 100 infrastructure projects throughout New York State as part of Hurricane Sandy recovery under the New York Rising Community Reconstruction Program, and also serves as Program Manager for Living with the Bay

Register for the March 14 “Building Utility Resilience for Water Extremes” webinar to learn more about how communities can prepare for water extremes.