New Standard Aims to Protect Water Resources in Extreme Weather

A new ASTM International standard aims to protect both man-made and natural water resources from impacts of weather-related events. The organization’s committee on environmental assessment, risk management, and corrective action (E50) developed the new standard (soon to be published as E3136).

“Planners of all sorts of facilities can use the new standard to prepare for extreme weather events, such as sea level rise and flooding of water and wastewater treatment plants,” says ASTM International member Helen Waldorf, an environmental trainer.

Landowners, municipal and state planners, and managers of cities, towns, and military bases could find the new standard helpful in preparing for climate extremes as well as in building resiliency and adaptability in the face of hurricanes, droughts, fire, and floods.

Interested parties are invited to participate in the standards developing activities of the environmental risk management subcommittee (E50.05) that created the standard. Waldorf notes that the subcommittee encourages users of the new standard to read the case studies included in the appendices and to submit their own case studies for possible inclusion in revisions to the standard.

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