Upcoming Risk Assessment Deadline for Medium Size Community Water Systems

The first certification deadline under the America’s Water Infrastructure Act (AWIA) for community water systems that serve 50,000-100,000 people is scheduled for December 31, 2020. Water systems within that size of population served (including consecutive system populations) need to submit an AWIA Risk and Resilience Assessment by the end of the year to be in Read More

New AWIA Risk & Resilience Assessment Checklist

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 Read More

Senate Committee Unanimously Approves Infrastructure Bills

The U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW) unanimously passed America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2020 (AWIA 2020) and the Drinking Water Infrastructure Act of 2020 in May. The bills now need approval from the full Senate and ultimately, President Donald Trump, who has called on Congress to pass comprehensive infrastructure legislation after Read More

AWIA Risk and Resilience Assessments & Emergency Plans Even More Crucial Due to COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has underlined the crucial importance of essential services like water. Utilities are adapting and planning at record pace to ensure continuous delivery of clean drinking water to all their customers. As we first told you in a special edition of The Update, the timing and importance of such services come at a Read More

USEPA FY2021 Budget Includes Lead Reduction and PFAS Funding

President Trump’s Fiscal Year 2021 Budget provides $6.658 billion to support the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (USEPA) mission of protecting human health and the environment. Highlights of the Fiscal Year 2021 USEPA Budget include: Reducing Lead Exposure: $45 million to support the Lead Exposure Reduction Initiative, a cross-media effort to reduce lead exposure, particularly in children. Read More

AWIA Tools & Templates to Meet New Requirements

Community water systems are facing new requirements for water supply security, resiliency, and emergency response under the America’s Water Infrastructure Act (AWIA). The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) released several tools in August to help utilities comply with AWIA requirements. The Vulnerability Self-Assessment Tool (VSAT) helps water providers prepare an AWIA Risk and Resilience Assessment. Read More