The National Rural Water Association (NRWA) and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) recently unveiled a simplified checklist for small Community Water Systems to help achieve compliance with new risk and resilience assessment requirements under America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 (AWIA).
The guidance is intended for systems 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 the smaller systems learn how to conduct risk and resilience assessments and address threats from malevolent acts and natural hazards that threaten safe drinking water. USEPA recommends the Vulnerability Self-Assessment Tool (VSAT) Web 2.0 or an alternate risk assessment method for systems serving more than 50,000 people.
The NRWA encourages systems to contact their respective State Rural Water Association to provide the on-site assistance to understand, perform, and comply with the AWIA’s risk and resilience requirements.
To download the Risk and Resilience Assessment Checklist click here.