Click on the links below to read frameworks, guides, and other resources about integrating sustainability into water resources management.

Water EUM- Effective Utility Management
Over the past several years, APWA has been working with the EPA Office of Water and other national associations in the sector to bring useful resources and tools on sustainable utility management.  The first set of resources developed through this collaboration was the Effective Utility Management attributes and Primer.

Rural and Small Systems Guidebook to Sustainable Utility Management
The EPA Office of Water partnered with the US Department of Agriculture to produce water management resources specific to small and rural communities.  This guidebook helps such systems assess the effectiveness of their operations, prioritize potential improvements, and develop an action plan to address these priorities.

Workshop in a Box
The Workshop in a Box contains a series of materials and instructions to help both rural and small systems and service providers market and conduct workshops based on the USDA/EPA guidebook.

Toolbox for Water Utility Energy and Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emission Management

The Toolbox for Water Utility Energy and Greenhouse Gas Emission Management is a jointly funded report by the Global Water Research Coalition, Water Research Foundation, and New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. The report evaluates, compares, and contrasts process models, impact assessment methods, and performance indicators used by water utilities in North America, Europe, South Africa, and Australia to assess their energy use and greenhouse gas emissions. (CC3C10)

Getting Climate Smart: A Water Preparedness Guide for State Action
Getting Climate Smart: A Water Preparedness Guide for State Action is a guide to assist water managers and state governments as they ready themselves for wide-ranging changes for their communities and ecosystems. Getting Climate Smart mixes practical guidance, planning tools, case studies and a holistic toolbox of strategies covering everything from agriculture, to energy, to public health and infrastructure. By following these steps, states can better prepare for future climate variability and better position themselves to tackle the inevitable challenges of a changing climate.

The Economic Benefits of Green Infrastructure: A Case Study of Lancaster, PA
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a report that found green infrastructure can be a cost effective solution to controlling stormwater while providing numerous economic benefits. Using the City of Lancaster as a case study, EPA sought to quantify the economic benefits associated with utilizing green infrastructure for controlling wet weather pollution. The report estimated that within the combined sewer system (CSS) area, Lancaster’s green infrastructure plan will reduce gray infrastructure capital costs by $121.7 million and reduce wastewater pumping and treatment costs by $661,000 per year. It will also provide approximately $2.8 million in energy, air quality, and climate-related benefits annually. These benefits exceed the costs of implementing green infrastructure, which were estimated to range from $51.6 million if green infrastructure projects were integrated into already planned improvements to $94.5 million if green infrastructure projects were implemented independently.