On a day-to-day basis, my U.S. public sector work is partly in supporting drinking water utilities. In this capacity, I’ve been working with several utilities in modeling system hydraulic resiliency related to human-made and natural disasters, using WNTR. There has no doubt been an uptick in utility-level interest in building resiliency, and adjusting capital planning, appropriately.
On a volunteer basis, I’m currently working on some Engineering Service Corp initiatives to (1) switch out drinking water hand pumps for solar-powered distribution systems, and (2) establish guidelines for proper solar-powered drinking water system design – both in Uganda. I can’t tell if there’s much of a trend in this direction globally, or if technical obstacles (cost, training, O&M) are still too prominent.
How has climate change impacted your work? If it hasn’t, why do you think that is the case?