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Water Utility Requirements for AWIA Compliance Start March 31st

Water Utility Requirements for AWIA Compliance Start March 31st

Water utilities serving more than 3,300 people have new action to take to comply with Section 2013 of America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 (AWIA). A Risk and Resilience Assessment must be conducted and certified every five years and an Emergency Response Plan must be developed/updated no later than six months after the Risk and Resilience Assessment certification. If you need assistance in developing the Risk and Resilience Assessment or the Emergency Response Plan, we’re here to help.

The timing on response for these certifications are dependent upon your population served. Here are the important certification deadlines to be mindful of, courtesy of the EPA website:

Certification Deadlines for the Risk and Resilience Assessments

Population ServedRisk and Resilience AssessmentNext 5-Year Cycle Submission Date
≥100,000March 31, 2020March 31, 2025
50,000-99,999December 31, 2020December 31, 2025
3,301-49,999June 30, 2021June 30, 2026

Certification Deadlines for Emergency Response Plans

Population ServedRisk and Resilience AssessmentNext 5-Year Cycle Submission Date
≥100,000September 30, 2020September 30, 2025
50,000-99,999June 30, 2021June 30, 2026
3,301-49,999December 30, 2021December 30, 2026

*NOTE: Emergency Response Plan certifications are due no later than six months from the date of the Risk and Resilience Assessment certification. The dates shown above are certification dates based on a utility submitting a Risk and Resilience Assessment on the final due date.

Risk and Resilience Assessment Provisions

Risk and Resilience Assessments will evaluate the vulnerabilities, threats, and consequences from potential hazards and include:

  • Risk to the system from malevolent acts and natural hazards.
  • Resilience of the pipes and constructed conveyances, physical barriers, source water, water collection and intake, treatment, storage and distribution facilities, electronic, computer, or other automated systems which are utilized by the system.
  • Monitoring practices of the system.
  • Financial infrastructure of the system.
  • Use, storage, or handling of various chemicals by the system.
  • Operation and maintenance of the system.

Emergency Response Plan Provisions

Emergency Response Plans must incorporate findings from the Risk and Resilience Assessment and be coordinated with local emergency planning committees. These plans must include:

  • Strategies and resources to improve the resilience of the system, including physical security and cybersecurity.
  • Plans and procedures that can be implemented, and identification of equipment that can be utilized, in the event of a malevolent act or natural hazard that threatens the ability of the community water system to deliver safe drinking water.
  • Actions, procedures, and equipment which can obviate or significantly lessen the impact of a malevolent act or natural hazard on the public health and the safety and supply of drinking water provided to communities and individuals, including the development of alternative source water options, relocation of water intakes, and construction of flood protection barriers.
  • Strategies that can be used to aid in the detection of malevolent acts or natural hazards that threaten the security or resilience of the system.

Certifications of the Risk and Resilience Assessment and Emergency Response Plan must be submitted to the EPA by the above-stated deadlines to comply with AWIA. Wright-Pierce routinely works with water utilities of all sizes to develop and maintain these plans. To learn more about how we can help you comply with AWIA provisions, please email or call us at 888-621-8156.