Walkerton Clean Water Centre

This post provides information on climate change and its potential effects to drinking water systems. Information is provided to aid with contingency planning for possible future situations.

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Abstracts & Articles

Assessing the Resilience of Ontario’s Low Water Response Plan under a Changed Climate Scenario: An Ontario Case Study

Climate Change Adaptation Capacity in Ontario Conservation Authorities: A Case Study Evaluation

Effects of Climate Change On Water Utilities

Examining drinking water security and governance for rural coastal Nova Scotia within the context of climate change

Great Lakes drinking water study links gastro bugs to heavy storms

Impacts of Climate Change and Controlled Tile Drainage on Water Quality and Quantity in Southern Ontario, Canada

Modelling the Effects of Climate Change on the Surface and Subsurface Hydrology of the Grand River Watershed

Putting a Price on How Much Albertans Value the Reliability of their Drinking Water Supply

Report on the Operational and Economic Impacts of Hurricane Irene on Drinking Water Systems

Three Essays on the Economics of Innovation as Adaptation to Climate Change

Toxicity and bioaccumulation of sediment-associated metals and elements from wildfire impacted streams of southern Alberta on Hyalella azteca

Vulnerability of Quebec drinking-water treatment plants to cyanotoxins in a climate change context

Excel Spreadsheets

Canadian Water and Wastewater Association Climate Change Resource Databank

Fact Sheets

7 Steps to Effective Drought Contingency Planning

After the Hurricanes: Managing and Disinfecting a Flooded Well

Bushfires and the Risks to Drinking Water Quality

Cleaning and Disinfecting Water Cisterns After Floods and Heavy Rains

Climate Change

Disinfection of Bored or Dug Wells After an Emergency

Disinfection of Drilled or Driven Wells After an Emergency

Don’t Let a Summer Drought Catch You Off-Guard

Flood Resilience: A Basic Guide for Water and Wastewater Utilities

Flood Resilience Checklist

Incident Action Checklist – Drought

Incident Action Checklist – Flooding

Managing a Flooded Well

Protecting Your Water System Against the Risks and Effects of Fire

What to Do After the Flood

Wildfires and Wells


Best Practices and Resources on Climate Resilient Natural Infrastructure

Canada’s Marine Coasts in a Changing Climate

Climate-Resilient Water Safety Plans: Managing Health Risks Associated with Climate Variability and Change

Collaborative Decision-Making for Drought Management: Improving Multi-Actor Approaches

Confronting Climate Change: An Early Analysis of Water and Wastewater Adaptation Costs

Drought Planning for Small Community Water Systems

Drought Response and Recovery Guide for Water Utilities


Climate Change and the Impact to the Community Long Term Water Supply

Fires, Floods, and Bugs: How Climate Change Impacts Drinking Water Source Quality

Hazard Mitigation For Natural Disasters: A Starter Guide for Water and Wastewater Utilities


A Web-Based Intensity-Duration-Frequency Tool to Update and Adapt Local Extreme Rainfall Statistics to Climate Change

Tools for Climate Change Vulnerability Assessments for Watersheds

Video and Audio

Act on Climate Today

Changes in Water Use Under Regional Climate

Climate Change

Climate Change Basics

Conserve Water, Act on Climate

Drought Webcast Series: Customer Communications During Drought

Drought Webcast Series: Financial Resiliency During Droughts

Drought Webcast Series: Turf Replacement Programs

Drought Webcast Series: Using Cost-Benefit Analyses to Compare Drought Management Practices

Flooding and Droughts Webinar

Flood Resilience Guide

Fredericktown, Missouri: Water Utility Climate Adaptation Planning

Water Resource Planning Options for Climate Change

Water Utilities and Climate Change Research – Farmcast Radio Interview