States Not Prepared for Climate Change Impacts on Water Supplies

The Alliance for Water Efficiency (AWE) and the Environmental Law Institute (ELI) released their 2017 Water Efficiency and Conservation State Scorecard this week, and the results around climate resiliency planning were eye-opening.

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Most US states have a long way to go to shore up their legal frameworks and improve requirements contributing to water conservation, efficiency, and long-term resiliency, according to the AWE and ELI. The two nonprofits released the first scorecard in 2012. This five-year update gives two grades to each state: one for climate resiliency planning and another for efficiency and conservation.

The national average for both grades was C, although state scores had a significant range, the organizations said.

For climate resiliency, points were awarded to plans and laws if their effect was to mitigate the impact of conditions associated with climate change, the report explained.

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