Assess Water Utility Climate Risks with the Climate Resilience Evaluation and Awareness Tool

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Climate Resilience Evaluation and Awareness Tool (CREAT)

This risk assessment tool allows water utilities to evaluate potential impacts of climate change. You can also identify adaptation options to address impacts using both traditional risk assessment and scenario-based methods. CREAT provides:

  • Lists of drinking water and wastewater utility assets (such as water resources, treatment plants, and pump stations) that climate change could impact
  • Possible climate change-related threats (such as flooding, drought, and water quality)
  • Adaptive measures that utilities can implement to reduce potential impacts

The tool guides users through identifying regional climate change threats and designing adaptation plans. After assessment, CREAT provides a series of risk reduction and cost reports to allow you to evaluate various adaptation options as part of long-term planning.

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System requirements

To run CREAT, the minimum system hardware and software requirements are:

  • IBM PC compatible processor
  • CD-ROM drive
  • 1GB of RAM (2GB recommended)
  • 250MB of available Hard Disk Space
  • Microsoft© Windows XP SP3, or Microsoft© Windows 7
  • 1080 x 1024 pixels minimum screen resolution
  • Microsoft© Word 2003 and Excel 2003 or later (necessary to generate reports)
  • Microsoft© Internet Explorer 6.0 or later
  • Microsoft© Media Player© or a media player capable of playing MP4 files (for viewing training videos)
  • Adobe© Reader/Acrobat© for viewing Portable Document Format (PDF) files

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Download requirements

After registering and downloading CREAT:

  1. Unzip the file into a temporary directory; and
  2. Double click on the file Setup.exe to begin guided installation process.
  • A CREAT icon will be placed on your desktop during the installation process and a new program listing will be created.
  • It is highly recommended that users go to the Microsoft website and download the most current updates for their operating system.
  • Depending on system memory (RAM) and operating system, training videos may exhibit some video errors during playback within CREAT. (The files are not corrupt)
  • Use of a default video player may improve results.
  • Use the link to the "video directory" to access and view video files outside of CREAT.

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