AWIA Connection to Cybersecurity

The cybersecurity breach in Oldsmar, Florida drives home the importance of the cybersecurity recommendations included in America’s Water Infrastructure Act (AWIA). “The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has been issuing warnings for more than a decade about the existence of hackers who aim to harm the nation’s electrical grid and water systems. The Risk and Read More

AWIA Deadline Approaches for Medium Size Water Systems

There is an America’s Water Infrastructure Act (AWIA) certification deadline quickly approaching for medium size community water systems. The systems that serve 50,000-100,000 people are required to submit an AWIA Risk and Resilience Assessment by December 31, 2020. Water systems within that population size (including consecutive system populations) need to be certified by the end Read More

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