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EPA has developed CREAT, a software tool to assist drinking water and wastewater utility owners and operators in understanding potential climate change threats and in assessing the related risks at their individual utilities. CREAT provides users with access to the most recent national assessment of climate change impacts for use in considering how these changes will impact utility operations and missions. Version 2.0 is now available for download free of charge.

CREAT allows users to evaluate potential impacts of climate change on their utility and to evaluate adaptation options to address these impacts using both traditional risk assessment and scenario-based decision making. CREAT provides libraries of drinking water and wastewater utility assets (e.g., water resources, treatment plants, pump stations) that could be impacted by climate change, possible climate change-related threats (e.g., flooding, drought, water quality), and adaptive measures that can be implemented to reduce the impacts of climate change. The tool guides users through identifying threats based on regional differences in climate change projections and designing adaptation plans based on the types of threats being considered. Following assessment, CREAT provides a series of risk reduction and cost reports that will allow the user to evaluate various adaptation options as part of long-term planning.

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Product Type
Tool
Data
Knowledge & Learning
Focus Area
Climate Resilient Development
Scope / Extension
Regional
National
Sub-national, Project, & Local/Community level
Sector
Methodological Steps
Spatial / Geographical Coverage Location
USA
Languages
English
License
notspecified
System Requirements
http://water.epa.gov/infrastructure/watersecurity/climate/creat.cfm
Contact Email
CREAThelp@epa.gov
Identifier
217f156b-8af8-481d-90d4-4e33b45613ec
e-Learning available
e-Learning available
Facilitated Learning Avalable
Facilitated Learning Avalable