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America’s Water Infrastructure Act (AWIA) Resources

Article - Tools for AWIA Compliance 

AWIA Factsheet – This document provides an overview of the new requirements, deadlines, frequently asked questions and information concerning resources and tools.

Baseline Information on Malevolent Acts for Community Water Systems (CWSs) - This document provides baseline information on malevolent act threat categories and corresponding threat likelihoods relevant to drinking water and wastewater systems. 

Vulnerability Self-Assessment Tool Web 2.0 – This updated version of the Vulnerability Self-Assessment Tool assists drinking water and wastewater systems in conducting an AWIA-compliant Risk and Resilience Assessment.

Emergency Response Plan Template and Instructions – This updated emergency response plan guidance provides a template and instructions for drinking water systems to develop or revise an AWIA-compliant Emergency Response Plan. 

Online Certification System - This online portal allows CWSs to certify completion of the Risk and Resilience Assessments and Emergency Response Plan online and receive reminders. 





Climate Resilience and Awareness

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is providing Free hands-on assistance to water utilities to conduct Climate Resilience and Awareness Tool (CREAT) exercises to help you identify climate threats, assess risks to critical assets, and evaluate adaptation strategies. During these exercises, utilities will receive technical assistance in conducting their climate risk assessment from water utility climate specialists and subject matter experts.   EPA uses real-time climate data specific to your location.

What’s Involved?
With each utility:
  • Orchestrate web meetings to review the climate/resilience goals, then step through the process using CREAT in screen sharing setup.
  • Provide staff/contractor facilitation/experts to support the assessment steps.
  • If possible, conduct an in-person visit to review facilities and explore response strategies on-site.
  • Takes about 35-40 hours over 3-4 months.
  • Optional, participate in a workshop with other utilities in the region.
The outputs:
  • Each utility gets a report documenting the exercise for their use.
  • Each utility has option to add to our Case Study map.
  • Have the opportunity to share their experience at an EPA workshop or CREAT training in their Region.

Contact Steve Fries at fries.steve@epa.gov to discuss participating.

















Cybersecurity Best Practices for the Water Sector

WSD recently published the EPA Cybersecurity Best Practices for the Water Sector webpage. The new page contains cyber resilience resources available from EPA including the Water Sector Cybersecurity Brief for States, Cybersecurity Incident Action Checklist, Water Sector Cybersecurity Training and Response Exercises and Water Sector Cybersecurity Technical Assistance Program. The webpage also provides information on available DHS Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) Alerts, including for the recent SolarWinds incident. 




Final Revisions to the Lead and Copper Rule

EPA’s new Lead and Copper Rule better protects children and communities from the risks of lead exposure by better protecting children at schools and child care facilities, getting the lead out of our nation’s drinking water, and empowering communities through information. Improvements under the new rule include:

  • Using science-based testing protocols to find more sources of lead in drinking water.
  • Establishing a trigger level to jumpstart mitigation earlier and in more communities.
  • Driving more and complete lead service line replacements.
  • For the first time, requiring testing in schools and child care facilities.
  • Requiring water systems to identify and make public the locations of lead service lines

For more information https://www.epa.gov/ground-water-and-drinking-water/final-revisions-lead-and-copper-rule.











Water Quality Surveillance and Response System (SRS) Capabilities Assessment Tool

This tool helps drinking water utilities identify existing SRS capabilities, assess these capabilities relative to target capabilities, and develop potential enhancements to meet their unique SRS goals and objectives. The tool provides an easy starting point for utilities interested in implementing an SRS. 

SRS Capabilities Assessment Tool












Updated Power Resilience Guide for Water and Wastewater Utilities

EPA updated its Power Resilience Guide for Water and Wastewater Utilities in June 2019 to provide utilities with more information and strategies for strengthening their relationships with their electric providers and increasing their resilience to power outages.   The new additions include:

Five new case studies, on topics including the Amateur Radio Emergency Service, on-site power, microgrids and long-term generator use
Expanded information on generator ratings and regulations
Additional information on generator servicing requirements
More tips on fuel supply planning
New section on Black Sky Planning
New Appendix A: Existing Generator Information Sheet

New Appendix B: Generator Request Information Form

Power Resilience Guide