At the intersection of water, equity, and climate change

The Water Center at Penn is collaborating to help guide community decisions to build capacity in water infrastructure.

The built environment—and water infrastructure in particular—is often a stark physical manifestation of our country’s deep systemic racial and social inequities. Over our history, the biases that resulted in these inequities have at times been unconscious, but often all too intentional.

Reflection of a blue sky in a large puddle on a city street with a car driving through wet streets in the sunshine after a rain shower.

In less-resourced communities across the country, the provision of basic water, wastewater, and stormwater services is increasingly at risk. This is true despite the fact that there are few public services more fundamental to public health and safety, community social and economic sustainability, and climate resilience.

To help decision makers navigate the dizzying array of options available to gain water-related technical assistance and funding resources, The Water Center at Penn is working in partnership with Water Now Alliance, with generous support from the Kresge Foundation, to generate a guide to these resources specifically designed for local managers, board members, and elected officials responsible for local storm water management systems in under-resourced urban areas across the United States.

This story is by Karl Russek. Read more at The Water Center at Penn.