Moving Towards Sustainability

The guide provides sustainable and effective practices for creating a water utility roadmap to strengthen institutional sustainability.

Sustainable water and wastewater services are critical to providing clean and safe water and helping ensure the environmental, economic, and social sustainability of the communities utilities serve.

Many utilities face tremendous challenges, such as aging infrastructure, climate changes, population growth, and competing for resource priorities within the communities they serve. As more and more utilities assume leadership roles related to community sustainability, resource recovery and conservation, sustainable economic development, and climate change, they must concurrently focus on long-term sustainability and bringing about meaningful change in their organizations and communities.

This guide was developed by the U.S. Department of Environmental Protection

Rural and Small System Guidebook to Sustainable System Managent

The Guidebook’s aim is to support rural and small water and wastewater systems in their common mission to become more successful and resilient service providers.

The Guidebook begins by introducing each of the ten key management areas of effectively managed systems, followed by a self-assessment to help users identify their strengths and challenges to prioritize where to focus improvement efforts. The Guidebook ends by discussing improving outcomes in the ten management areas by examining what constitutes high achievement in each area and identifying resources for small systems.

Guidance on the Use of Life Cycle Costing Methodology in Procurement

This guidance document is intended to be used in conjunction with the companion document A common European methodology for Life Cycle Costing (the Methodology). It provides practical guidance on the potential uses and the benefits to be gained from using Life Cycle Costing (LCC) in construction, illustrated with a number of case studies from the use of LCC across Europe.

Full-Cost Water Pricing Guidebook for Sustainable Community Systems

Prepared by the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP), Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant (IISG) and University of Illinois Extension, this guidebook was prepared to assist local decision makers. The guidebook organized into three sections: Section 1: Full-Cost Water for Livable Communities provides the ‘why do it’ for mayors, village managers, planners, board and council members, and interested residents. Section 2: Towards Full-Cost Pricing provides a basic ‘how to do it’ overview for readers interested in learning more details about effective utility management. Section 3: Water Rate Structures delves further into one of the most important decisions in setting water rates, designing the rate structure.

Investing for Resiliance

This document discusses the insurance industry should play in helping to promote societal resilience as the societal risks from climate change increase, given its expertise in assessing and managing risk and the vital role of insurance as a financial risk transfer mechanism. The authors propose the creation of a rating system to measure societal resilience.

The document was prepared by ClimateWise, a global network of over 30 leading insurers, reinsurers, brokers and industry service providers with a shared commitment to reduce the impact of climate change on both society and the insurance industry. It is a voluntary initiative, driven by its members and facilitated by the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL).

IWA Principles of Water Wise Cities

The IWA Principles for Water-Wise Cities assist leaders to develop and implement their vision for sustainable urban water, beyond equitable universal access to safe drinking water and sanitation. The Principles underlie resilient planning and design in cities.