Seattle Public Utilities Mami Hara, General Manager/CEO

Climate Change Adaptation

Adaptation is a process of assessing potential climate change impacts and acting to reduce vulnerability to those impacts. 

Assessments of potential climate change impacts by SPU include:

  • repeated scientific study of hydrology and water supply, as well as water demand
  • mapping of exposure to sea-level rise
  • determining the sensitivity of drainage and wastewater systems to extreme precipitation events

 Measures to reduce vulnerability could also include:

  • physical modifications to structures
  • changing the way infrastructure is operated to reflect changing conditions
  • embedding of climate information into asset management decision-making tools
  • incentivizing changes in water consumption behavior
  • developing early-warning systems for urban flooding
  • amending or implementing new codes and policies