Gauging climate preparedness to inform adaptation needs: local level adaptation in drinking water quality in CA, USA



Julia A. Ekstrom, Louise Bedsworth, and Amanda Fencl




This study surveyed water resource managers’ perceptions of climate change and adaptation measures in effort to understand what can help support adaptation processes at the local level. They observed that the areas the most affected by the current drought (small utilities in the Central Valley) were the regions that reported the least amount of adaptation measures. In contrast, the larger utilities in coastal regions often reported many advances in adaptation planning. This difference is hypothesized to be caused by their larger staff capacity. The paper hopes that these findings will result in continued communication between utilities and government.

Climate Impact Tags

Drought Extreme heat

Adaptation Planning Guide Phases

Phase 4: Implement, Monitor, Evaluate, and Adjust

Resource Type Tags

Data and tools


Extent: Los Angeles County, Marin County, Merced County, Sacramento County, San Joaquin County, San Mateo County, Stanislaus County, Tulare County, Yolo County


Last updated: May 24, 2022