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On October 21, 2018, America’s Water Infrastructure Act (AWIA) was signed into law. Section 2013 requires community water systems serving more than 3,300 people to develop or update risk and resilience assessments and emergency response plans.
A risk and resilience assessment evaluates the threats to your water utility that could inhibit your ability to provide safe and reliable drinking water or prompt significant public health or economic concerns to those served by your system. A well-developed, thorough risk and resilience assessment then serves as a guide to prioritize upgrades, operating procedures, and policy changes necessary to mitigate potential risks posed to your system.
Based on the findings of your risk and resilience assessment, your emergency response plan details the strategies you’ll employ and resources you’ll leverage to improve the security of your water system and prepare for and respond to an incident.
Upon completion of a risk and resilience assessment, utilities must certify to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that they were completed. Every five years, you are required to certify to the EPA that you have reviewed your assessment and made any needed changes or revisions.
POPULATION SERVED: More than 3,300 but less than 50,000
Risk Assessment: June 30, 2021
Emergency Response Plan: December 31, 2021
Step 1: Complete risk and resilience assessment (June 30, 2021)
Step 2: Submit certification of assessment and completion to the EPA
Step 3: Develop or update your emergency response plan
Step 4: Submit certification of ERP completion to the EPA
If your community is in need of a Risk and Resilience Assessment and Certification, contact us today!