Community-Based Water Resiliency Tool

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The Community-Based Water Resiliency (CBWR) Tool (version 2.0) is an easy way to find out how prepared your community is to handle emergencies that impact your water systems and learn about tools and resources that can be used to build resilience.

The self-assessment in the tool is for:

  • drinking water and wastewater utilities
  • state primacy agencies, hospitals
  • public health agencies
  • fire
  • police
  • emergency managers
  • elected officials
  • concerned citizens

A summary report is provided after the self-assessment with suggestions and recommended resources for increasing resilience. Users can then navigate to the CBWR toolbox, where they can find the best tool for their needs from over 400 tools and resources.

Version 2.0 includes the Water Resiliency Action Plan (WRAP) Kit. The WRAP Kit walks users through a step-by-step process for planning and hosting a community meeting or workshop on water emergencies. It includes everything you need, from sample agendas and invitations to suggested planning committee members and participants.

Watch our "A Day Without Water" video below to learn about the benefits of utilizing the CBWR tool in your community.

"A Day Without Water" introduces the Community-Based Water Resiliency Tool(runtime 3:38 min)

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System Requirements

To run the CBWR electronic tool, the following minimum system hardware and software requirements must be met:

  • IBM PC, 2.33GHz Intel® Pentium® 4, AMD Athlon® 64 2800+, or faster processor
  • 512MB of RAM
  • 600MB of available Hard Disk Space
  • Microsoft® Windows® XP Home or Professional with Service Pack 3; or Windows 7
  • 800 x 600 pixels minimum screen resolution
  • Adobe Reader 8.0 or later
  • Microsoft® Internet Explorer (v7 or higher), Mozilla Firefox® v3.6, Safari 4, Google Chrome v4.1, or Opera v10.5
    *Note: It is highly recommended that users go to the Microsoft website and download the most current updates for their operating system.

*Please Note: The tool download is 554MB; we recommend using a broadband Web connection.

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Installation Instructions

Extracting the CBWR electronic tool from the ZIP file

  1. Locate the CBWR file on your local hard drive.
  2. Right click the CBWR file, select [WinZip], and choose either [Extract to…] or [Extract to here].
    1. If you wish to select the location to which the CBWR electronic tool package will be extracted, use [Extract to…] and proceed to Step 3.
    2. If you wish to select the current location as the location to which the CBWR electronic tool package will be extracted, use [Extract to here] and proceed to Running the CBWR electronic tool.
  3. Select the location to which you would like the CBWR Tool package to be extracted.

Running the CBWR electronic tool

  • Once the extraction operation is complete, navigate to the location to which you extracted the files.
  • Double click the “CBWRTool.exe” file, and wait for the installation procedures to begin.

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Download the tool