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Cover of It's Hot and Getting Hotter Report

This September 2020 report from AMWA and the Water Utility Climate Alliance, entitled “It’s Hot and Getting Hotter: Implications of Extreme Heat on Water Utility Staff and Infrastructure and Ideas for Adapting,” describes the implications of heat impacts on utility personnel and assets over the next 50 years. The report highlights how extreme heat can be expected to impact a utility’s outdoor workers as well as utility infrastructure, such as HVAC systems, water treatment plants, pumps, and motors, among others. The report notes expected cost increases to adapt personnel to these conditions, including increased training for working in extreme heat conditions and providing protective equipment.