Water managers cope with climate change – Water Buffs Podcast ep. 2 – Cynthia Koehler

Water Desk Director Mitch Tobin talks to Cynthia Koehler, director of the Water Now Alliance, about the many challenges facing water providers and the solutions they are pursuing to make water systems more resilient and sustainable.

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Water Desk Director Mitch Tobin talks to Cynthia Koehler, executive director of the Water Now Alliance, about the many challenges facing water providers and the solutions they are pursuing to make water systems more resilient and sustainable.

Episode highlights

Cynthia Koehler, WaterNow AllianceCynthia Koehler, Executive Director of WaterNow Alliance
An environmental attorney and water policy expert, Koehler advises communities and water utilities on conservation and resilience. She’s also a board member of the Marin Municipal Water District near San Francisco.
 
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Starts at 0:35
What keeps water managers up at night?   (4:55)
How to balance affordable rates with utilities’ needs?   (7:10)
Does conservation hurt utilities?   (9:46)
How do utilities deal with affordability?   (11:51)
Effect of climate change?   (14:30)
What works to promote conservation?   (17:37)
Water Words: ‘Demand Hardening’Water Words: ‘Demand Hardening’
According to the Alliance for Water Efficiency, demand hardening happens when “prior conservation makes future demand reductions harder to achieve,” but many think there’s still plenty of low-hanging fruit when it comes to saving water.
Starts at 22:11
Hardened demand and water management   (23:45)
Outdoor water use – a problem area?   (25:45)
Distributed water solutions   (28:09)
What is “green water infrastructure?”   (30:51)
How water and electric utlities are similar – and different   (34:02)
Coming technology advances   (37:42)
Role of big data in water sector   (41:25)
Coming challenges?   (44:58)
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