The Water Authority is proud to partner with various institutions in its pursuit of reduced environmental impacts and a better understanding of the potential effects of climate change.

In September 2010, the Water Authority, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and San Diego State University started a partnership to study climate change impacts to water supply and demand in San Diego through the end of the century. Partially funded by a grant from the Blasker Environmental Fund at the San Diego Foundation, the study will focus on water availability and demand for the San Diego region, including local precipitation impacts.

The Water Authority joined with seven other large water agencies to form the Water Utility Climate Alliance (WUCA) in 2007. The Water Authority and other WUCA members developed and published two white papers to assist water utilities in understanding the science of climate change and planning for potential impacts of climate change. The first, “Options for Improving Climate Modeling to Assist Water Utility Planning for Climate Change,” identifies seven initial improvements to global climate modeling. The second, “Decision Support Planning Methods: Incorporating Climate Change Uncertainties into Water Planning,” was produced to help water utilities consider and evaluate traditional and emerging planning techniques for use in their own climate adaptation efforts. The Water Utility Alliance has grown to a total of 10 agencies over the last two years.