Special Report: AWIA Risk and Resilience Assessment Checklist

The National Rural Water Association is pleased to announce that the partnership between the Environmental Protection Agency and NRWA has produced a simplified checklist for small systems to utilize for remaining compliant with the risk and resilience assessments under America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 (AWIA).

This guidance is intended for small community water systems (CWS’s) serving greater than 3,300 but less than 50,000 people.  Community water systems serving less than 3,300 people are not required to conduct risk and resilience assessments under AWIA, however, it is recommended that these systems use this, or other guidance, to learn how to conduct risk and resilience assessments and address threats from malevolent acts and natural hazards that threaten safe drinking water.

What are the Risk and Resilience Assessments Requirements in AWIA?

AWIA requires community water systems serving more than 3,300 people to assess the risks to and resilience of the system to malevolent acts and natural hazards.  The law specifies water system assets that the assessment must address. These assets are listed in Tables 1a through 10b in the Risk and Resilience Assessment.

Community public drinking water systems must certify to EPA that the system conducted the assessment not later than the following dates:

  • March 31, 2020 for systems serving 100,000 or more,
  • December 31, 2020 for systems serving 50,000 or more but less than 100,000,
  • June 30, 2021 for system serving more than 3,300 but less than 50,000.

National Rural Water Association (NRWA) is the leading technical assistance provider for public drinking water and for providing immediate on-site emergency response in the United States. NRWA is proud to have provided the input and assistance through partnership with EPA to develop the small system checklist for risk and resilience requirements to keep our nation’s public drinking water safe and ready to respond.

For further assistance, contact your State Rural Water Association to provide the on-site assistance needed to understand, perform, and comply with these risk and resilience requirements and to provide on-site recommendations to keep your water system compliant and operating smoothly. As the nation’s only genuine Circuit Riders, your State Rural Water Association is prepared to assist you in any way and at any time.

Download Risk and Resilience Assessment Checklist